Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand Say No To Shifting Of Forces

9 August 2009
The Hindu


Srinagar: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have decided against providing India Reserve Police (IRP) to Jammu and Kashmir, thus putting a temporary halt on shifting four more battalions of the CRPF from the State for fighting Left-wing extremism in other parts of the country. After withdrawal of five battalions (5,000 personnel) from the Kashmir valley, four more were to be moved out from Baderwah, Gandoh, Poonch and Rajouri areas of Jammu region and replaced by India Reserve Police forces to be provided by Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, official sources said. While Punjab and Haryana have agreed, the other two States cited law and order problem and decided against it. The shifting of the CRPF is part of Centre's plan to move out at least 23 battalions of paramilitary forces and shift them to Left wing extremism-affected areas outside the State. This includes 16 battalions of the CRPF - 10 from Kashmir valley and six from other areas-, five of Border Security Force and two of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Sources in the Home Ministry said they wanted to have the CRPF battalions before August 13 so that they could undergo an Army training before being shifted to the naxal-affected areas.