India sends thousands of reinforcements to Kashmir: report
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Indian government on Monday sent at least 8,000 additional paramilitary troops to Jammu and Kashmire after the president revoked a constitutional article granting a special status to the contested state, NDTV broadcaster reported, citing sources.
Additional troops are being carried by C-17 transport planes of the Indian Air Force to Srinagar, which is the largest city in the state, the NDTV broadcaster reported. The troops are set to ensure increased security and will add to the over 35,000 soldiers that were sent there over the last week.
Earlier in the day, Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which grants Jammu and Kashmire state a special status, was revoked by a presidential decree. The move envisages that Jammu and Kashmire will become two union territories with a legislative authority directly controlled by the federal government. The bill on removing the constitutional article has yet to be approved by the parliament.
On Saturday, Pakistain accused India of using cluster munitions to kill civilians along the Line of Control. According to Islamabad, at least two non-combatants were killed and 11 more seriously injured in the attack. The accusations were voiced one day after New Delhi announced it would be significantly boosting its forces in Jammu and Kashmire.
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Posted by: Fred 2019-08-06