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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar. Photo: AP
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar. Photo: AP

Crackdown on separatists; MHA deploys 12,000 additional security in Kashmir

  • Earlier, a major crackdown on separatists in the valley was launched
  • Separatist leader Yasin Malik and Abdul Hamid Fayaz were arrested

New Delhi: The Union home ministry on Saturday deployed additional 12,000 forces or 100 companies of paramilitary personnel to Kashmir.

Starting Friday night, a major crackdown on separatists in the valley was launched where 130 separatists from the Jamaat-e-Islami (Kashmir) and the Hurriyat Conference were arrested, including Jammu and Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz.

While senior central government officials stated that the troops had been moved for “election purposes to induct and train them," other persons familiar with the development stated that the troops had been brought in to control the situation in Kashmir following the arrest of the separatists, in order to “prevent chaos and panic that is currently prevalent in the Valley."

While section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed (prohibiting gathering of four or more people) in Srinagar, an order by the state government has asked the district hospitals to stock up on medical supplies and shops selling food grains have been instructed to remain open for the “benefit of the general public," on Sunday.


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