Home ministry orders withdrawal of 100 companies of paramilitary forces from J-K

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Ministry of Home Affairs has reviewed the deployment of paramilitary in Jammu and Kashmir and has decided to withdraw 100 companies of various para-military forces from the region.

It includes withdrawing 40 companies of Central Reserve Police Force and 20 each of Border Security Forces, Central Industries Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal from the Kashmir Valley, reports said.

More than 10,000 security forces personnel who were brought to Kashmir prior to last year’s 5 August announcement of rollback of article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two Union Territories will been withdrawn from the region.

The development comes after over a year after at least 400 additional companies of government forces were deployed across J-K in the wake of last year’s August 5 announcement by the Government of India.

The MHA in its order sent to Advisor to the Administration of J-K UT, commissioner secretary , Administration J-K UT and Director General of Police J-K Dilbagh Singh, stated that it is to intimate that the deployed of Central Armed Forces in J&K has been further reviewed by the ministry. “It has been decided to withdraw 100 Companies of CAPFs with immediate effect from J&K  and revert them back to their respective locations,” reads the MHA order.

At least 40,000 additional troops were deployed across J-K prior to last year’s announcement about abrogation of Article 370 and slicing of the erstwhile state into two halves—J-K and Ladakh UTs. They were deployed for almost four months amid spontaneous shutdown—from August to November 2019 on all streets and sensitive places to contain possible protests and to deal with the law and order issues.

However, they were later retained and now after over a year, the MHA today decided to withdraw 100 companies. Sources revealed that 300 additional forces continue to remain stationed in Kashmir and their withdrawal will depend on the second review by the MHA scheduled to be held next month—(with inputs from KNO)

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