The Centre airlifted an additional hundred companies of paramilitary forces to Srinagar for boost security build up even as police arrested dozens of Jamaat-e-Islami workers in the Valley . This included Jamaat-e-Islami chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz and Hurriyat Conference’s Yasin Malik.
The Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir was once considered to be the “political wing” of terror group Hizb-ul-Mujahdeen. The police have termed the detentions as routine, saying “Separatists and potential stone-throwers have been arrested in the past as well, as a preventive measure.”
The Fresh deployment includes 45 companies of the CRPF, 35 of the BSF and ten each of the 10 SSB, and the ITBP
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti criticised the Centre’s move to arrest separatists.
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.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 23, 2019
According to reports, the additional deployment of forces in the Valley is for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state.
“We don’t want sudden arrival of forces at the time of election,” an unidentified police official told the news channel. “They need to get familiarised with the situation and will be put on training.”
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, the government also withdrew the security cover of several separatists in Kashmir .