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10,000 more soldiers in J&K

February 24, 2019

Police and security forces are on a high alert in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and a massive crackdown has been initiated on separatists.

Around 130 people have been arrested including Jamaat-e-Islami chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz and Yasin Malik of the Hurriyat Conference.

10,000 more soldiers of various paramilitary forces are being deployed in Jammu & Kashmir by the center government.

The soldiers have been airlifted to Srinagar and according to the Home Ministry, the deployment is a routine pre-election exercise ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

As per reports, the additional 100 companies of paramilitary forces include soldiers from CRPF, BSF, SSB and ITBP.

The arrests in the state are said to be preventive measure and include peace disturbing elements such as the Separatists and potential stone-throwers.

Former CM of the state, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted,

In the past 24 hours, Hurriyat leaders & workers of Jamaat organisation have been arrested. Fail to understand such an arbitrary move which will only precipitate matters in J&K. Under what legal grounds are their arrests justified? You can imprison a person but not his ideas.

Jammu and Kashmir has been in a tense state after the 14 February suicide terror attack on CRPF convoy that killed 40 soldiers and injured several others.

Politician Sajjad Gani Lone also took to social media and tweeted," Gov seems to be on an arrest spree. Just a word of caution. Large scale arrests took place in 1990. Leaders were ferried to Jodhpur and many jails across the country. Things worsened. This is a tried tested and failed model. Please desist from it. It won't work.Things will worsen"

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