India deploys 28,000 more troops in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India is deploying over 28,000 more paramilitary troops in the territory to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle for securing freedom from its illegal occupation.

These additional troops are being sent to occupied Kashmir less than a week after New Delhi moved 10,000 army soldiers to the territory.

Over 280 companies of paramilitary forces are being deployed in the Kashmir valley, official sources said. The paramilitary troops, mostly CRPF personnel, are being deployed in Srinagar and other parts of the valley, they said. However, no reason was given for the sudden deployment of over 280 companies (28,000 troops), the sources said.

The decision to send the troops came after India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, returned from a two-day visit to the Kashmir valley, last week. Media reports quoting official sources said that he met senior officers and reviewed the situation in the territory, which is still under President’s Rule.

Meanwhile, the Amarnath Yatra has been suspended till August 04. While the authorities cited adverse weather conditions as a reason for its suspension, the weather department has not predicted any major change in conditions. Official sources say a section of troops deployed for the Yatra is also being moved to be deployed in the territory. Around 400 companies, which constitute about 40,000 personnel, had been deployed for the security of Amarnath pilgrims. Sources say all security formations have been asked to remain in a state of readiness.

Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on a two-day visit to review the situation in occupied Kashmir. Reports said that all major entry and exit points of the city have been taken over by the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) with token presence of local police.

Local residents have started panic-buying essentials as they are linking the deployment of troops to apprehension of deterioration in the situation in the territory.

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