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

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

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman was held from his home in Srinagar's Maisuma at 9.30 pm and is now lodged in Kothibagh police station.

The Centre has airlifted hundred more companies of paramilitary forces to Srinagar in an effort to tighten security after the detention of 12 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, as well as JKLF chief Yasin Malik.

"The arrival of more troops and the arrests of leaders and activists of separatist groups is part of an election exercise undertaken to ensure free and fair elections", said one senior police official in the state.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference and CPI (M) also opposed the government crackdown on activists. "Let these politicians also go to battle fronts and then experience how much destruction is caused because of wars", she added.

There has been a considerable build-up of security forces across Jammu and Kashmir after last week's terror attack in Pulwama, in which over 40 soldiers were killed.

On Saturday there were increasing signs that the military clampdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir and the government's threats against Pakistan were prompting panic buying of fuel, medicines and food. "The move is a well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region".

Earlier on Friday, US President Donald Trump voiced alarm at the "very risky situation" between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was considering "very strong" action after an attack in Kashmir.

Criticising the government, Mehbooba tweeted: "You can imprison a person but not his ideas".

The statement termed the move as something fishy as the hearing for the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was listed for hearing in the Supreme Court within days.

So to clear up this mess, the Indian Constitution took a step and added Article 35A in the Indian Constitution which is for the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Supreme Court will be hearing a plea regarding the legality of Article 35A on Monday, and as per media reports, police could arrests more people ahead of the hearing.

Mehbooba Mufti questioned on what legal grounds Hurriyat leaders were arrested. "Large scale arrests took place in 1990", Lone said.

Sources say more separatist leaders maybe picked up and flown out of the state to avoid a law-and-order situation. Things worsened. This is a tried, tested and failed model. Please desist from it.

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