3,000 CRPF Men For J&K To 'tackle' Ekta Yatra21 January 2011
Times of India
New Delhi: Rallying behind the Jammu and Kashmir government's decision to stop the BJP's Ekta Yatra to Srinagar, the Centre has put over 3,000 CRPF personnel, currently undergoing training, at the disposal of the state police for the purpose. The Union home ministry has also kept a couple of thousand more paramilitary personnel at standby in Jammu and Udhampur to assist the police, which has already made elaborate arrangements to stop the Yatra. A highly placed government source said the Centre was fully behind the state government's decision not to allow the BJP to hoist the tricolour in Srinagar's Lal Chowk area on Republic Day as it may lead to a law and order situation in the Kashmir valley, which is currently witnessing relative peace. 'We will stop the BJP's yatra,' the source said without elaborating. The BJP's Ekta Yatra, which was flagged off in Kolkata on January 12, will enter Jammu and Kashmir on January 24. The party has planned to take the Yatra till Srinagar to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk. In retaliation, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik too had called a 'Lal Chowk march' on January 26 in a bid to foil the BJP's plan. State chief minister Omar Abdullah has already asked the BJP not to do anything to precipitate the situation in the state through its proposed Yatra and made it clear that an appropriate decision would be taken on how to deal with it.