India deploys more troops in occupied Kashmir; crackdown on innocent civilians continues

12:51 PM | 24 Feb, 2019
India deploys more troops in occupied Kashmir; crackdown on innocent civilians continues
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SRINAGAR - Ten thousand more troops have joined India's occupational forces already deployed in occupied Kashmir as a brutal crackdown on innocent civilians, the Kashmir Media Service reported on Sunday.

An additional 100 companies, around 10,000 soldiers started arriving on Saturday in the occupied valley, a day after India ordered the reinforcements.

India has already more than 700,000 security personnel in the held valleys of Jammu and Kashmir.

The occupying forces have launched a massive crackdown arresting over 200 pro-freedom people including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Ameer Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz.

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Malik was arrested after a raid at his Maisuma residence overnight in Srinagar. The overnight arrests also included many senior members of JeI.

A complete shutdown is being observed across the territory, today, against India’s arbitrary measures like mass arrest, killings and attempts to repeal Article 35-A that grants special rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Call for the strike has been given by Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement, said the unrealistic attitude of Indian leadership had created death and destruction in the territory.

Meanwhile, the targeted onslaughts against Kashmiris in India continue unabated as three more Kashmiri youth were attacked by Hindu extremists in New Delhi. A journalist was also beaten up by the Hindu fanatics in Pune.

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