JK Govt clueless about SSB deployment in Valley
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Dec 26: The Jammu and Kashmir Government is clueless about the proposed move to deploy Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) soldiers in the Valley.
Talking to Greater Kashmir Secretary State Home Department Suresh Kumar said: “We do not know anything about this proposal. Even we do not know what DG, SSB had said about the deployment.”
Kumar said that incase there would have been any such proposal we would have been informed.
In the third week of December, Director General SSB Arun Choudhary during a press conference had said that force is expanding its area of operations. “The SSB will soon be deployed in JK where it is set to undertake internal security related duties,” Choudhary had said.
He had said that about 8,000-10,000 men would initially be deployed for internal security related job in JK. "We are ready to go there (JK). This will be a new work in the next year, when we send 8-10 battalions (8,000-10,000 personnel) to theses areas. We will work with CRPF and BSF there and extend internal security related duties," he had added and claimed that the proposal has been "more or less" approved by the Union Home Ministry and the force is likely to be deployed in JK by February 2013.
Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad told Greater Kashmir that they too do not have any information about the proposal. “There might be some proposal in Delhi. I do not know. I will have to check there,” Prasad said.
Presently, SSB guards 1,751 km Indo-Nepal and 699 km Indo-Bhutan borders. This year the force would have a water-wing for patrolling the Indo-Nepal border. The water wing would patrol the rivers, nallahs which basically have perennial water supply throughout the year.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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