J&K – The issues around the state

Kashmir violence: Army begins operation ‘Calm Down’

  1. Context: The continuing turbulence in the Valley
  2. What? The Army has quietly moved an entire brigade into South Kashmir as part of operation ‘Calm Down’ to clear it of militants and protesters
  3. Nearly 4,000 additional troops have been pressed into service to restore normalcy, but with clear instructions to use minimum force
  4. Why? Intelligence reports of a virtual ‘Jungle Raj’ prevailing in the area
  5. Militants and their sympathisers are calling the shots, holding protests and blocking arterial roads
  6. The troops, mobilised from reserves have fanned out in all the four districts of South Kashmir — Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam
  7. These districts have borne the brunt of the current spiral of violence in the Valley triggered by the encounter killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani

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