Centre moves 100 companies of paramilitary forces to Srinagar amid massive crackdown

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The Center airlifted hundreds of paramilitary companies to Srinagar to bolster security, including when police arrested JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Friday night and arrested dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami workers in the Valley.

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

There has been a considerable buildup of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir after the Feb. 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.

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

The police have not commented so far on the arrests.

The Jamaat-e-Islami called the measure “a well-designed conspiracy to pave the way for greater uncertainty in the region.”

“During the middle night of February 22-23, 2019, police and other force agencies launched a mass arrests campaign and raided many houses in the Valley where dozens of their leaders at the central and district levels have been arrested. “he said in a statement.

The detainees include his boss (Ameer Jama’at), Dr. Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Lawyer Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary-general) and dozens more, he said.