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Jammu KashmirAhead of Parliamentary by-polls trouble makers being held

Ahead of Parliamentary by-polls trouble makers being held


Ahead of Parliamentary by-polls trouble makers being held

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: Fearing disturbance in the upcoming parliamentary by-polls, security forces have been put on high alert in with separatists being put behind bars and manhunt has been launched on stone pelters.

Police have also launched a crackdown on separatists to foil their attempts of disturbance in the upcoming by-polls.

The Srinagar constituency, comprising three districts of Ganderbal, Srinagar, and Budgam, is going to polls on April 9. While Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency—spread over four south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, and Pulwama in south Kashmir— will go to polls on April 12.

Police sources said the security agencies have been directed to ensure trouble free polls.

“We have inputs that separatists may create disturbance on Lok Sabha polls. So we have put our men our alert and also launched crackdown on separatists. We won't allow any protests and there will be additional deployment in sensitive areas and security has also been tightened across Kashmir,” a senior police officer said.

An additional 20,000 paramilitary personnel will be dispatched to Kashmir for deployment during the forthcoming bypolls in Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.

A CRPF official said all the CRPF establishments and units have been put on high alert in view of strike and protest call given by all factions of Hurriyat and all the separatists, on April 9 and 12 on polling days.

“Taking serious note of regular stone pelting on Fridays in Down Town, the CRPF troops deployed in city & Down Town in particular have been asked to keep close watch on various developments and to maintain an active co-ordination with JKP to counter any propaganda or provocation by separatists,” an official said.

Sources said top CRPF officials have also directed to take effective measures, in co-ordination with JKP, to tackle any sort of protests or stone pelting with minimum use of force.

Meanwhile, police have also police have launched a crackdown on the separatist camp and detained over hundred Hurriyat leaders and workers  besides stone pelters

The increase in militancy incidents is affecting candidates campaigning as political parties seem reluctant to hold election rallies in central and south Kashmir.

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