A coup is thwarted

Instructions from Rahul Gandhi to the Chiefs of Staff Committee was unambiguous: Vacate all forces from the valley and station them in Jammu, whereby, they'll camp till they are removed intermittently by trains to their home states. He also ordered all non-Kashmiris to leave the state of J&K, and prevent any Hindu fanatics from entering the valley. In Jammu, the troops were to assist in the removal of the Indian fanatics whose numbers had swelled to about 300,000 by that night. According to Rahul Gandhi's instructions, about two thousand Army Personnel would be left in the Kashmir Valley and a thousand persnnel in Kargil and Leh, until they are replaced by the UN forces.


When the Chief of Army Staff openly criticized the removal of their forces from Kashmir, some commentators on Indian TV channels started branding this as an open coup by the military. With rumors of a possible coup by the Indian Army as well as the Indian paramilitary forces spreading like wild fire, Rahul Gandhi immediately called an emergency meeting at the residence of the President of India of all Chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force as well as the Directors General of the Coast Guard, BSF and the CRPF. After a hectic meeting that included the President, the Home Minister as well as the a number of retired military figures, Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he will consider any dissent as an attempted coup by the armed forces. When the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army continued to speak against the resolution and accused the Indian Prime minister of being a "half-blood" Indian to sell off so easily, the President, who is the Commander in Chief of the Indian Army immediately called for his dismissal and he was put under arrest right at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

With the arrest and impending court martial of India's Chief of Army Staff, General Narinder S. Uphaday, the opposition felt it had been vindicated and that its fears were justified. It accused the Congress government of being "puppets of foreign forces."