Army quitly moves in more troops in South Kashmir

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Srinagar: The army has quietly moved an entire brigade into South Kashmir as part of operation 'Calm Down' to clear it of militants and protesters. Amid intelligence reports of a virtual 'Jungle Raj' prevailing in the area, with militants and their sympathisers calling the shots, holding protests and blocking arterial roads, nearly 4000 additional troops have been pressed into service to restore normalcy in the area.

The troops have fanned out in all the four districts of South Kashmir–Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam. The army troops assisted by CRPF and the state police are combing the areas minutely and clearing the road blocks put by the protesters by felling trees, electric poles and placing huge boulders and burnt vehicles, to facilitate movement of people, they said.

The decision was taken after intelligence reports claimed that Kashmiri youth, armed with batons, stones and petrol bombs, were patrolling the arterial roads leading to the National Highway and preventing people from venturing out of their homes or moving towards Srinagar.

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