Indian NIA raids four locations in Baramulla

Srinagar, July 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the deployment of 10,000 additional troops has triggered panic among the Kashmiri people, as they see the move as an attempt to crush a possible uprising against any tinkering with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The troops continue to land in the Kashmir valley by special flights or convoys through Jammu-Srinagar highway for the past few days. Apart from the deployment of fresh 100 additional companies, there are already 197 additional companies of paramilitary forces, brought to the valley in the name of elections and Amarnath Yatra. Security of all sensitive installations, including airport, radio station, hydro-power generation projects, paramilitary camps and police stations has been intensified.

Meanwhile, Indian media has claimed that the countdown for removal of the Article 35A of the Indian constitution has started while an elaborate contingency plan has been worked out to tackle the ensuing protests. The reports further said that the operation had even been code named. The Article 35A prevents Indian citizens to settle in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir by providing special state subject laws to the territory.

The infamous Indian National Investigation Agency, today, carried out fresh raids at four locations in Baramulla district. The NIA officials, accompanied by the Indian police personnel and paramilitary troopers, carried out searches at the houses of four persons associated with cross-LoC trade.

Indian forces, today, launched a cordon and search operation in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The operation was jointly launched by Indian army’s Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group and Central Reserve Police Force at Hamala Pati in Handwara. The troops conducted house-to-house searches in the area.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Kashmiri prisoners were deliberately denied a fair trial to prolong their illegal detention. The forum, while welcoming the release of four Kashmiris after illegal detention of 24 years, said that majority of Kashmiri prisoners were languishing in various Indian jails for the past 15 to 25 years. A Hurriyat forum delegation visited the residences of the three of the recently-released detainees.

Another delegation led by Tehreek-e-Muzahamat Chairman, Bilal Ahmed Siddiqui also visited the residences of Ali Muhammad Killay, Latif Ahmed Waza and Mirza Nissar and felicitated them on their release from Tihar jail. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peer Panchal Peace Foundation, Haneef Kalas addressing a meeting in Poonch also hailed the release.

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