Days before the crucial 35(A) hearing, administration tightens up the security of Kashmir, detains separatist leaders

Ahead of the crucial Supreme hearing on Article 35(A), which provides special status to the state of Jammy and Kashmir, the administration has started beefing up the security of the valley. According to reports, as many as 10,000 troops have been deployed in Kashmir. The Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly given orders for moving 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces into the Jammu and Kashmir. These include 45 companies of CRPF, 35 of BSF, 10 of SSB and 10 companies of ITPB.

Apart from tightening up the valley’s security, the administration also came down heavily on separatist leaders and orgnizations. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader was picked up from his house late midnight. The administration crackdown also included raids and arrests on various hideouts of Jamat-E-Islami.

Those detained including Ameer Jama’at, Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general), Abdur Rouf (Ameer Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora), Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran) and dozens more.

The Jamaat-e-Islami is a social-political organization with cadre base across the Valley. Speaking to a local agency, a JeI spokesperson said that the raids were a “well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region.”

The action comes eight days after an audacious terror attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.