After 35000 last week, more 8000 troops airlifted to Kashmir

Srinagar | More 8000 troops have been airlifted to Kashmir valley in the state of Jammu and Kashmir after Article 370 was scrapped by the government today.

C-17 transport planes of the Indian Air Force are bringing the troops to Srinagar, sources said. They are in addition to the 35,000 troops that were brought into the state over the past week.

According to multiple media reports, the paramilitary forces will be brought mostly from the states of Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Assam.

The massive deployment is suspected to have been carried out after an increasing uneasiness and tension in the area.

Thousands of pilgrims from Amarnath Yatra and Machail are already on their way back home. The Yatras were cut short last week when the government asked them to leave.

Article 370 had granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Home Minister Amit Shah also announced that Jammu and Kashmir will not be a Union Territory with a legislature.

Ladakh will not be a separate UT, but without the legislature.

Terrorists have made multiple attempts over three days – from July 29 to July 31 to cross the Line of Control and around four to five of them have succeeded, according to media reports.

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