Not consulted over ban order, says Army

The army operated a convoy on Monday notwithstanding an order of the Jammu and Kashmir government that such movement of vehicles should take place only twice a week—Sunday and Wednesday, army officials said.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the order will hamper the operations of the army. The officials claimed there were no consultations with the army officers concerned before the order on the convoy movement for security forces was issued.

“During informal talks, it was made clear to the state officials that such an order was not possible to implement,” said an officer who is engaged in convoy movement.

The state Home Secretary ShaleenKabra on the directions of Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam issued an order on April 3 in which civilian traffic was restricted on the highway from Udhampur in Jammu region to Baramulla in northern Kashmir on Sunday and Wednesday every week till May 31 to facilitate the

smooth movement of the convoys of the forces on those two days.

However, there was movement of army convoy on the highway on Monday and at some places even the CRPF vehicles were seen.

There was no formal reply yet to a query sent by PTI to the spokesman of the strategically located XV corps which is also tasked with counter-insurgency operations.

The Jammu and Kashmir police as well as other state and central security agencies were also apparently caught unawares about the order issued by the state home department.