Indian Air Force, Army put on high alert, Army Chief cancels planned visits
NEW DELHI - Indian Air Force and Indian Army have been put on high alert, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat cancels planned visits and was asked to be stationed at the capital.
Indian government has sent additional troops to the Occupied Kashmir Valley to tackle any untoward incident. News agency ANI reported that the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been put on high alert.
Earlier inputs said that nearly 8000 paramilitary troops were airlifted from different parts of the country to the Kashmir Valley. The troops were airlifted from different states, including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Assam.
Central Reserve Police Force Director General Rajiv Bhatnagar was also sent to Jammu and Kashmir to review the law and order situation in the wake of the fresh development.
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat, who was slated to visit Jaisalmer for the fifth edition of Army Scout Masters Competition, also cancelled his visit. The Army chief will remain in the national capital for now.
Ahead of the move to scrap Article 370, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government had ordered movement of around 100 companies of paramilitary forces from other parts of the country to the Valley.
The announcement on Article 370 was made in Parliament by Home Minister Amit Shah amid uproar by opposition parties. Reacting to the development, senior Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had “murdered the Constitution”.