#Article370Abolished: MHA asks security forces in J&K to remain on high alert

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.


New Delhi| Hours after revoking ‘Article 370’ from Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the security forces in the region and across the country to be on ‘High Alert’.

According to the officials, the MHA has also directed all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and central security agencies to issue specific advisories and take necessary precautions. It has also asked them to step up protection of their campuses and movements

More troops to Kashmir:

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.

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Abolishing Article 370:

The central government today revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. This means there won’t be any special status granted to it. President Ram Nath Kovind has invoked his powers granted under Article 370 (3) to declare it inoperative. The government also proposed to make Jammu and Kashmir separate Union Territory with a legislature while Ladakh will also be a separate Union Territory without legislature.

Kashmir remained on edge:

The tension across the state of Jammu and Kashmir escalated on Monday as the central govt imposed a slew of curfews. In the biggest development yet, mainstream political leaders from Kashmir- Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone have been placed under house arrest. Section 144 has been imposed in Srinagar. Mobile internet and landline services have been shut down and public meetings have been banned. Schools and colleges have been shut down and various educational institutions directed their students to vacate hostels.

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The Centre’s move comes at a time when the state of Jammu and Kashmir is plunged into the uncertainty. On Friday, the J&K government administration asked the tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to “Leave the valley as soon as possible”. The decision was reportedly taken after a Pakistan-made mine and a sniper rifle along with some IEDs was found along the Amarnath Yatra route.


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