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BJP leader pitches for Army's redeployment in JK's Chenab valley

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The and former Sunday advocated redeployment of and strengthening of village defence committees (VDC) in of and Kashmir, claiming the recent assassination of a and his brother in was part of a strategy to restart terror activities in the region.

"To check the rise of militancy in Chenab valley, needs to be redeployed...I will be discussing the issue with Rajnath Singh," said addressing a function here.

of BJP and his brother were assassinated by suspected militants in a late night attack in town on Thursday while they were on way to their home.

said he along with other senior leaders visited and every person there was asking for the safety of Hindus residing in the area.

lies between the middle and outer range and is divided into three districts - Doda, Ramban, and Kishtwar besides two constituencies of Reasi.

The valley also touches the Anantnag district of

comprises three districts, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar of and touches the Anantnag district of Once a hotbed of terrorism, the valley has been peaceful after security forces purged the ultras from that area.

Referring to the assassination of the Parihar brothers, he said "this is well planned strategy of the pro-Pakistan Hurriyat and its allies to restart terror activities in the Chenab Valley."

He said the VDC's functional in the area needs to be strengthened otherwise there are chances that terrorists may resort to "killing of Hindus living in the remote villages".

"Large number of VDC weapons has been withdrawn by vested administration in the Chenab valley over a period of time," Gupta said, adding VDC were sanctioned in the tenure of NDA-1 and played a very crucial role in the control and elimination of the militancy from the region.

He said there was need of conducting security review of leaders and families who have fought anti-national forces in Chenab region in the last 30 years.

"The selective killing of Hindu leaders in the region can lead to migration and this incident is eye opener for the security forces and the government," he said.

Curfew was relaxed for four hours Sunday in Kishtwar town where it was imposed as a precautionary measure on Thursday night following the killing of Parihar brothers.

The killing had triggered massive protests across region following which the authorities suspended in the curfew-bound areas, while the was slowed down in the rest of the division, including the winter capital Jammu.

However, the was restored in Jammu and other parts of the division Saturday evening.

The also staged a flag march in the sensitive areas to help the district administration in Kishtwar maintain law and order.

On Thursday, the Parihar brothers were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla when they were fired upon from a close range by suspected militants around 8.40 pm. The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home.

The government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killing and directed it to expedite the investigation and submit its report as early as possible.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 21:30 IST