New Delih: A day after reports of panic gripping Kashmir over sudden movement of paramilitary troops to the Valley and fighter jets hovering over the city surfaced, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday addressed the media and dismissed all possible rumours pertaining to the “prevailing situation”.
Malik called an informal meeting of State Administrative Council to review the current situation in Kashmir, particularly in context of the Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking to the media, Malik reasoned, “100 companies of central forces being inducted at the moment… More would be inducted in coming weeks. Larger additional police forces are needed for Lok Sabha polls due to possibility of increase in terror activities against candidates and voters on a much larger scale.”
Malik’s comments come in wake of recent Ministry of Home Affairs’ order that urgently deployed 100 companies of paramilitary forces in Kashmir, in addition to the already stationed personnel.
Quelling rumours of imminent danger from a probable violent clash with Pakistan, following which people lined up at petrol pumps, grocery stores and even pharmacies, piling essentials, the governor explained, “There is no stock of LPG, as a result of an earlier blockage of National Highway for seven days and an ongoing blockage for the past four days, leading to disruption of supplies from Jammu to Srinagar. The government is taking measures to enhance the supplies to the Kashmir region.”
Malik then further said that the instruction to hospitals to increase their availability of medicines should also be seen in context of shortage of supplies due to the aforementioned disruption in transportation.
He then appealed to the citizens of Kashmir to not panic or engage in rumor mongering and only see these steps taken in context to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.