Nearly eight years after militants killed civilians in Kashmir over the past two weeks, security bunkers are returning to the city’s streets and more paramilitary personnel are being deployed in the Valley. No such thing existed even during the peak of militancy in the Valley in the 1990s. Two such bunkers have been built on the Barzulla bridge on the airport route in Srinagar.
According to the language, security bunkers are being prepared by the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) in several areas of Srinagar, where they were removed between 2011 and 2014 after the overall improvement in the security situation in Kashmir.
Sources said construction of new bunkers and deployment of more security personnel is being done to check terror incidents in the Valley. He said that the recent incidents of terrorism show that terrorists move from one area to another within a short period of time after committing the act, so only by establishing dominance in the area the terrorists can be curbed. Official sources said 50 companies of additional paramilitary forces are being deployed to strengthen the security apparatus in the Valley, especially in Srinagar, in the wake of the killings of civilians.
Bunkers and checkpoints were removed in 2010
Over 50 security posts and bunkers in Srinagar were removed on recommendations made by an all-party delegation that visited Kashmir in 2010. Similar recommendations were made in 2010 by a team of interlocutors appointed by the Centre. The team was led by senior journalist Dilip Padgaonkar and had Professor Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M M Ansari as its members.
The situation then improved to such an extent that the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, following the recommendation, repealed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in a phased manner from Jammu and Kashmir. However, this time new bunkers have been built at places where no such thing existed even during the peak of militancy in the Valley in the 1990s. Two such bunkers have been built on the Barzulla bridge on the airport route in Srinagar. However, the police officials did not comment on the new steps taken in the Valley.