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


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.