India Scraps Kashmir's Special Status Amid Security Crackdown

India’s federal government airlifted an additional 8,000 paramilitaries to the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August to enhance security in the disputed region following New Delhi’s decision to revoke the state’s nearly seven-decade-old special constitutional status.<br />Security officials said that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)...

India’s federal government airlifted an additional 8,000 paramilitaries to the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August to enhance security in the disputed region following New Delhi’s decision to revoke the state’s nearly seven-decade-old special constitutional status.

Security officials said that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel flown to Kashmir’s summer capital of Srinagar in Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft will supplement the more than 30,000 paramilitaries that had been deployed across the disputed region over the previous week in anticipation of unrest.

The CRPF deployment, which will further bolster more than 500,000 Indian Army (IA) personnel already based in the region, follows a resolution announced by Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah in parliament to scrap Article 370, which had granted Kashmir special powers since the early 1950s to make its own laws.

Source: www.janes.com