300 more companies of forces to be deployed in South Kashmir » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 300 additional companies of Indian paramilitary forces will be deployed in the southern segment spread four districts of Islamabad, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian as officials have acknowledged that all the three upcoming phases of polling in the Islamabad constituency are full of challenges.

A senior police official told media that after thorough deliberations, more than 300 locations were identified in the Islamabad district alone, “which is going to polls on Tuesday, where comprehensive and elaborate security measures will remain in place.”

“For southern Kashmir districts, there are more challenges on the security front compared to the northern or central districts of the Valley. We will ensure that everything goes well,” the official said, insisting not to be named.

He said the police and the Central Reserve Police Force will have a primary role in providing foolproof security cover during the polls, while the Army will also remain “at the beck and call in case the situation takes an ugly turn at any place”.

“The polling stations at all 300 identified locations will have a double-layer protection while induction and de-induction plans of security forces have been finalised,” the official added.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader Mushtaqul Islam in a statement issued in Srinagar said the poll boycott by the people in Srinagar/Budgam should serve as an eye-opener for India as it was a clear message that people would never accept New Delhi’s forcible occupation over Jammu and Kashmir. He asked for complete boycott of the rest of the phases of so-called parliamentary elections in the territory.

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