Government gets tough against separatists in J&K at least 150 detained

Government gets tough against separatists in Jammu and Kashmir nearly 150 people, mainly from the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, were detained ahead of a hearing by the Supreme Court on Article 35A of the Constitution

Police termed the detentions of 150 separatists as routine saying that leaders and potential stone pelters have been picked up in the past, officials privy to the developments said this is the first major crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islamia.

The hearing on Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to natives of Jammu and Kashmir, is likely to take place in the apex court on Monday.

The outfit in the past has been touted to be the political wing of the Hizbul Mujahideen, but the organisation has always maintained that it is a social and religious group.

As many as 100 additional companies of the paramilitary (nearly 10,000 personnel) have been sent to the Kashmir Valley in the wake of a potential law and order situation.  Officially no one has been able to provide reasons for such a massive deployment.

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