Delhi sends 3,600 troops to held valley

Tension grips J&K

New Delhi/Srinagar—Concerned over violence in Jammu and Kashmir in last four days, the Centre on Saturday decided to rush 3,600 additional paramilitary personnel to the valley and asked the state government to ensure that there is no further loss of lives.
The decision to send more forces was taken at a high level meeting here where situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed extensively.
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. 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 Saturday itself, 24 more companies will reach there by tomorrow. One company of paramilitary comprises of about 100 personnel.—PTI

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