Kashmir Unrest: BSF deployed after 12 years in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Aug 23, 2016: After 12 years, The Border Security Force (BSF) was on Monday deployed in Srinagar, in a wake to control the dreadful situation in Kashmir Valley. This is for the first time since 2004 that BSF has been called in for active duty in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital.

BSF personnel were deployed in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in the city and adjoining areas for law and order duties, a police official said.

BSF, which conducted anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir for nearly 13 years from 1991, was replaced in the city by CRPF in 2004.

The BSF troops were then moved to their primary duty of guarding the Line of Control and the international border.

However, On Tuesday Authorities continued restrictions in many parts of Kashmir Valley as life remained paralysed for the 46th consecutive day.

At least 68 people including 66 civilians and two policemen, have died in the violence in the valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed by the security forces in a gunfight.

Meanwhile, oil supplies were restored to the valley on Tuesday after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti assured of security to the oil tanker owners and truckers.

Read More: 46th day: Curfew, shutdown continues, fuel supply resumes in Kashmir

Wefornews Bureau

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