Interlocutors hope of troops redeployment post security review

The Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir hoped that troops will be re-deployed after a review of the security situation in Kashmir by the army and local authorities.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

Jammu: The Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu
and Kashmir on Wednesday hoped that troops will be re-deployed after
a review of the security situation in Kashmir by the army and
local authorities.

"We hope that at the end of such a review, it will be
possible to re-deploy forces as and when is required," head of
the three-member panel of interlocutors and journalist Dileep
Padgaonkar said.

Soon after holding a meeting with chief of Northern
Command Lt Gen Parnaik and other field commanders of the state
here, he said, "What we asked him (Lt Gen Parnaik) was for his
analysis of the security situation. He gave us a detailed
picture of the security situation."
Padgaonkar said, "All we can say is that we were
convinced by the explanation given to us (by the Army) that
such a review is constantly underway."

Flanked by his two colleagues, academician Radha Kumar
and economist M M Ansari, Padgonkar was replying to queries
over AFSPA, troops withdrawal and Army`s point of view on it
during a press conference just before leaving for Srinagar
today.

Padgaonkar said Parnaik gave a detailed picture of the
fact that both local authorities and Army are constantly
reviewing the situation to find out whether threat perception
in a particular district is reduced or not.
Padganokar said, "We should be careful when we talk about
the threat perception, because there has been no violence in a
particular district and it does not necessarily mean that it
is no longer a disturbed area."

"There are often other factors that need to be taken into
account including that of the potential of violence being
renewed in a particular area," he said.

Answering a query on the "harassment" of Kashmiri youth
across the country, Radha Kumar said, "You might have notices
that the Home Ministry has sent a directive to all the police
stations across the country that citizens of Jammu and Kashmir
should be treated with courtesy and dignity like every citizen
deserves."

PTI