MHA asks security forces to remain alert post-Art 370 ‘abrogation’

MHA has directed all CAPFs and central security agencies to take “necessary precautions” and step up protection of their campuses.

New Delhi: All security forces formations in the country, specifically in Jammu and Kashmir, are on ‘high alert’ following the government revoking Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday. They said the Union Home Ministry (MHA) has directed all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and central security agencies to take “necessary precautions” and step up protection of their campuses and movements by issuing specific advisories.

“An advisory for remaining on a high alert mode has been issued to all the security forces across the country, especially for their units based in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior MHA official said. MHA alert is based on general inputs analysed after any important event. The latest directive came after the government abolished Article 370 that gives special status on Jammu and Kashmir and also in view of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha stating that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable. Shah moved a bill proposing a division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. As said in Sirf News earlier, a trifurcation is not likely because that will be akin to accepting MA Jinnah’s two-nation theory.

To recall our post on the issue, a source had told us last Friday that “dividing the State into three parts along religious lines will be defeatism”. “This means you are conceding that you failed to govern a Muslim-majority region while ensuring its Hindu natives (Kashmiri Pandits) return to their home and hearth,” the source had said. This will send a wrong message to the world, he had said.

“However, Home Minister Amit Shah, in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will do everything possible within the framework of the Constitution,” he said. On being asked whether “everything possible” included abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, the leader had said, “Why not?”.

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