Around 10,000 paramilitary forces personnel, deployed there post the abrogation of Article 370, will be immediately withdrawn from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government said in an order this evening. “It has been decided to withdraw 100 Cops of CAPFs with immediate effect from J&K and revert back to their respective locations,” the order read.
The forces were deployed in Jammu and Kashmir in August last year as a precautionary measure when the Centre ended the state’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories in order to prevent a possible backlash. Other precautionary measures were also taken which included imposition of prohibitory orders banning large gatherings, withdrawal of phone and internet services and detention of hundreds of political leaders post the abrogation of Article 370 last year.
With the latest de-induction, the CRPF will have a strength of about 60 battalions (about 1,000 personnel in each battalion) in the Kashmir Valley apart from very few units of other CAPFs. The decision was taken after the Union Home Ministry reviewed the deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces or CAPFs in the union territory.
According to the order, of the 100 companies, 40 will be from the Central Reserve Police Force and 20 each of the Central Industrial Security Force, the Border Security Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal. The companies will now go wherever they were deployed before being moved to Jammu and Kashmir.