Security forces' phased withdrawal reports worry locals in J-K

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Srinagar, Aug. 29 (ANI): The reports of phased withdrawal of Security Forces from militancy-affected areas have cause concern among locals of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

They say they are against such a withdrawal, as it will make things difficult for them once again.

"If the forces are removed then it will become very difficult for us again. Generally, we go upwards in the hills for 6 months and we go there with our luggage and cattle. That's what many of us do here for survival. Earlier, we could not go there. But after peace was established in the area by security forces, we started commuting again. Now, if forces are removed then it will become difficult for us again," said Omkar Singh, A Local.

Pukhraj Jaipal, commandant in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) feels that the security forces for past four years have maintained peace in the area with the help of locals, police and army men.

"With the support of Police and Army, we have launched operations in total coordinated manner. That's why for last 4-5 years there has not been any militant activity in the area. The credit goes to all the locals who want to live in peace as they are fed up with militant activity. Locals here trust us and I feel they will miss us if we go from here," said Jaipal.

Locals are hoping that government will reconsider the issue and will maintain Security Forces so that peace and normalcy continue to prevail in the region. (ANI)

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