, Deeptiman Tiwary
| New Delhi, Srinagar |
Updated: November 19, 2020 6:52:55 am
With just nine days left for the District Development Council (DDC) elections to commence in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has issued orders to move an additional 25,000 security personnel to the Union Territory. In the Valley, candidates are being whisked away by the J&K Police to ‘cluster accommodations’ as soon as they file the nomination papers due to a perceived threat to their lives.
Senior officials in the administration argued that only those seeking protection were being housed in secure designated spaces. But candidates and political parties The Indian Express spoke with said they were being confined to these spaces against their wishes and this had severely restricted their movement and ability to campaign.
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The additional troops being drawn from CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB were required given the security situation in the Union Territory and concerns that there may be attempts to disrupt the election process, sources in New Delhi said.
Candidates and mainstream parties,…