NEW DELHI: The Central Government has ordered the immediate withdrawal of about 10,000 paramilitary personnel from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, officials in the know said.
The Government deployed additional troops to serve in the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. This granted ‘special status’ to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Home Ministry took this decision after reviewing the security situation in the Union Territory.
This is the third time paramilitary troops have withdrawn from the UT since the erstwhile State was bifurcated into the 2 Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The Center first withdrew 72 companies in December last year and another 10 companies in May this year.
The withdrawn troops will revert to their base locations across the country.
By this week, a total of 40 companies of Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF), 20 companies each of the Central Industry Security Force, Border Security Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal will be taken out of the UT. Arrangements to airlifting these personnel to Delhi and other locations is being done by the CRPF.
Each company of these paramilitary forces have a strength of about 100 personnel.
One big reason for this massive withdrawal is the weather. With the winter arriving, it would be very difficult for these personnel to live in make-shift accommodation in the Kashmir valley.
After this withdrawal, the CRPF will be left with about 60,000 personnel present in the Valley besides some from the other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).