Alarmed over continuing violence, Centre sends more forces to Kashmir

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The central government on Saturday decided to rush 3,600 additional paramilitary personnel to the troubled-hit areas in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been facing an ending violence for last four days.

The Centre has also asked the state government to ensure that there was no further loss of lives. Five civilians have died in army firing so far in the ongoing violence.

PTI reported that the decision to send more forces was taken at a high level meeting in Delhi where situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed extensively.

Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions continued for the fourth day in parts of Kashmir following killing of five persons in security forces action during violent protests since Tuesday.

The central government is reportedly concerned over the loss of human lives in Jammu and Kashmir, a Home Ministry spokesperson was quoted by news agency as saying.

Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, who is holding the additional charge of Union Home Secretary, chaired the meeting which was attended by senior officials from Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Defence, Central Armed Police Forces and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The meeting reviewed the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley and assessed the requirements of Jammu and Kashmir government to bring the situation under control and ensure no further loss of lives, he said.

It was decided in the meeting to send additional central armed police forces to strengthen the security grid in the Kashmir Valley.

While 12 companies of paramilitary personnel were reaching the state today itself, 24 more companies will reach there by tomorrow. One company of paramilitary comprises of about 100 personnel.

 

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