The Hush Post| 11: 30 am| 2-min-read
In a major crackdown against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the Kashmir valley, dozens of its leaders were arrested in night long raids on Friday by the security forces.
JKLF (Jammu & Kashmir liberation Front) chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Friday. More separatist leaders may be rounded up in coming days.
In a communiqué to the Ministy of Home Affairs (MHA), the state administration had urgently sought 100 companies of central armed forces.
A notice from the Home Ministry in New Delhi late on Friday evening led to 100 additional companies of paramilitary soldiers being airlifted to Srinagar.
Depending on the paramilitary force, a company of soldiers typically consists of between 80 and 150 soldiers, suggesting that last evening’s order by the Ministry of Home Affairs would see around 10,000 soldiers airlifted to Srinagar.
The fresh deployment of 100 paramilitary companies include 45 from CRPF or Central Reserve Police Force, 35 from BSF or Border Security Force, and 10 companies each of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Jamaat leaders and cadre were picked up from their residences in north, south and central Kashmir late at night.
“During the intervening night of 22-23 February police and other forces agencies launched mass arrest drive and raided many houses in the Valley wherein dozens of its central and district level leaders have been arrested,” A JeI spokesperson said.
Ameer Jama’at Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general), Abdur Rouf (Ameer Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora), Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran)