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India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

22 June 2018

Vijayakumar till recently was holding the post of senior security adviser to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

If the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had adopted the "Kashmir Policy" enunciated by the Atal Bihar Vajpayee government then in all likelihood peace would have prevailed in Kashmir.

Asked whether the army will be given free hand to deal with the situation under governor's rule, Raina said the army always enjoyed free hand and is fully capable to deal with any challenge.

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A report suggests that following the breaking of the alliance, Governor Vohra spoke to BJP leader Kavinder Gupta and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to find out if they meant to explore alliances to form a government in the state, but got a negative response in return. "The only alternative was governor's rule because there will be a single line administration", he said.

Kumar, a 1975 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, had earlier served in the Kashmir valley as Inspector General of BSF in 1998-2001 when the border guarding force was actively involved in the counter-militancy operations. "We have very strict rules of engagement and we have been taking actions in accordance with those and will continue to so in the future", Gen Rawat said on the sidelines of an event. Governor's Rule has been imposed in the state following the break-up.

A former army commander, who has served in the held-Kashmir, said security forces will have more freedom in launching operations against militants under the governor. "It was a decision that was taken keeping in mind those people in Kashmir who wanted peace and wanted to celebrate the pious month of Ramzan in its true spirit", he said, Indian Express reported. Shortly after, Governor Vohra forwarded a report pertaining to the imposition of governor's rule under Section 92 of the constitution of IoK.

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The contents of the Governor's report were immediately sent to Suriname where the president was scheduled to land at 6.30 pm (3 am IST).

In several areas of Kashmir, including Srinagar, Kupwara and Pahalgam, people burst firecrackers after the news broke out.

The BJP leader said that the public rally will be held in front of Brahmin Sabha Parade Road which will be addressed by Shah besides some state leaders. But better late than never.

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On National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah's demand for dissolution of the assembly due to the apprehension of horse trading, he said, "It is his personal view".

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends