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“Deployment of paramilitaries election specific”

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Srinagar: Putting the speculations to rest, a top government official said that additional companies of paramilitaries have been brought into Kashmir for election purposes.

“The state government has requisitioned 400 companies of paramilitaries for forthcoming general elections. These companies will be brought in a phased manner,” the official said, adding, it needs a lots of logistics to accommodate such huge number of forces.

Rejecting the rumours regarding Article 35 A or war, the official said that the deployment is exclusively for election purposes.

Commenting on crackdown on separatists including Jama’at Islami, he said this exercise to is election specific.

“Ahead of Panchayat and ULB polls, hundreds of over ground workers and separatists were detained. Same is being done now,” he said.

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