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Do not lower guard in militancy affected areas of Jammu Kashmir: Chaman

Posted on Dec 08, 11:59AM | UNI

Former Union Minister and a veteran politician Chaman Lal Gupta today asked both the state and Central government not to lower guards in militancy-prone areas.

"There is no need of lowering of guards, especially in militancy-infected areas under certain pulls and pressures," Prof Gupta in a statement issued here said.

Reacting to the removal of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) companies from sensitive areas like the erstwhile Doda and Mahore, Prof Gupta said, "these areas had always been on the target of anti-national elements operating from within and across the border as well to disturb peace." Migrants from these areas were still in camps and far away from their places facing many problems, Prof Gupta stated.

"The removal of forces even without their (migrants) return and rehabilitation sounds strange, rather than an ill-conceived move." He, however, stressed that before removal of the forces, the foremost measure should be rehabilitation of the migrants to their places.

"It is officially 'confirmed' that over 42 training camps are still running across the fence wherein about 3,000 youth are undergoing a training in subversive and terror spreading activities in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir," he alleged.

The government must make efforts to strengthen the security measures and build confidence of the people to meet any challenge instead of reducing security grid by ignoring the ground realities, he added.