September 2005 News

Last five BSF battalions go out of Srinagar

12 September 2005
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: After playing a vital role in fighting militancy, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday pulled out the last of its five battalions from Srinagar and four from Anantnag handing the charge to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). However, the de-induction process in the rest of Kashmir will be completed by 2007. CRPF to take charge 'After glorious service of 15 years in Srinagar we have handed over the complete charge of counter-insurgency to the CRPF which is equally a good force,' Inspector-General of BSF (Kashmir frontier) J.B. Negi said at a news conference here on Monday. Four battalions had moved out of Anantnag and the de-induction from other major towns such as Baramulla, Pulwama, Sopore, Tral and Budgam would follow. 'This process is expected to be completed by 2007,' said Mr. Negi adding that nine more battalions would move this year and 10 in 2006 followed by de-induction of 10 more battalions in 2007. The BSF, he said had 32 battalions in the Valley. 'Our main duty is to guard the borders. Maintaining law and order is the job of the police. We were assisting the Jammu and Kashmir Police in counter insurgency operations,' the IG said. BSF DIG K. Srinivasan denied the reports that de-induction had any link with the recent talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Hurriyat Conference.


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