30 September, 2020

In The Shadow Of The Gun

The NC opts out, counter-insurgents float parties, and the common people wonder how many will fall victim

In The Shadow Of The Gun
THE shadow of the gun has haunted the Kashmir Valley ever since the current spate of militancy began seven years ago. But now, it looms larger with the beginning of the process for the 11th Lok Sabha polls.

On the one hand are the militants, regrouping, planning to unleash a reign of terror to thwart the first democratic exercise in the state since the dismissal of the Farooq Abdullah government in January 1990. On the other hand are the security forces, armed to the teeth, fanning out in large numbers to defuse the militants' plans, and ensure smooth polling. Caught between the two is the common man, apprehensive about the innocents who may be caught in the crossfire.

The authorities are reasonably certain that the polls will pass almost without any major incident in Jammu (except areas in Doda) and Ladakh regions. It is the Valley they are worried about. With former CRPF IG, P.S. Gill, having been redesignated IG elections, elaborate security arrangements are being worked out, including steps related to the Z-category security which each of the 52...



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