Around 100 companies of paramilitary forces airlifted amid major crackdown in J&K


NATIONAL | February 23, 2019:

An additional hundred companies of paramilitary forces have been airlifted by the Centre to Srinagar to boost security build up even as police detained JKLF chief Yasin Malik Friday night and arrested dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami workers in the Valley.

The fresh deployment includes 45 companies of the CRPF, 35 of the BSF and ten each of the 10 SSB, and the ITBP

There has been a considerable build-up of security forces across Jammu and Kashmir after the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF troopers.

About two dozen people associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami were also arrested from central, north and south Kashmir as part of a crackdown after the terror attack on a CRPF convoy that killed 40 troopers in Pulwama on February 14.

Police have so far not commented on the detentions.

The Jamaat-e-Islami termed the move a "well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region".

"During the intervening night of 22-23 February, 2019 police and other forces agencies launched mass arrest drive and raided many houses in the Valley wherein dozens of its central and district level leaders have been arrested," it said in a statement.

Those detained included its chief (Ameer Jama'at) Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general) and dozens more, it said.


Police and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert since the Pulwama attack.

Earlier this week, the government withdrew the security cover of separatist leaders in Kashmir.

Source: HT