Army to return to barracks in a few days: Pillai

The army deployed in Kashmir valley in the wake of recent violence would go back to barracks in the "next few days", the Centre said tonight.

New Delhi: The army deployed in Kashmir
valley in the wake of recent violence would go back to
barracks in the "next few days", the Centre said tonight.

"I am quite hopeful that army will be derequisitioned at
the earliest. We expect that the army would go back in the
next few days. I think in a very near future," Union Home
Secretary G K Pillai said.

He said so far the curfew has been holding well and there
would be some relaxation from tonight till tomorrow evening
because of a festival in holy Hazratbal.

The Home Secretary said the army has been requisitioned
by the state government and they are currently deployed in the
periphery of the city.

Asked whether there has been an increase in violence in
Jammu and Kashmir whenever there is an Indo-Pak dialogue,
Pillai said it was a fact that there has been slight increase
in violence whenever there is peace talks or efforts to
normalise relations between the two countries.

"I think both governments-- India and Pakistan are
determined to carry forward the peace process. We have
initiated the dialogue that has to be moved forward step by
step. We are quite confident that we will be able to thwart
any attempt by any group to disrupt the peace process," he
told DD News.

On the involvement of Pakistan-based terror outfits in
the recent violence in Jammu and Kashmir, he said there have
been a large number of interceptions of telephone
conversations which suggested so.

The Home Secretary also said funds are being channelised
through the state through various means, including Western
Union Money Transfer, to create disturbance in Jammu and
Kashmir and security forces detected 12 such cases and action
has been taken on this.

Pillai also said there was no restriction on the media
but on bulk SMS`s which were being used to bring crowd to the
streets to create disturbance.

-PTI

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