35 CRPF Companies Withdrawn After Aug 15

5 September 2009

Srinagar: As many as 654 companies of the central Paramilitary Forces, besides Jammu and Kashmir police and Army have been deployed in the state for counter-insurgency operations and other security related arrangements. However, 35 companies of Central Reserve Police Force have been withdrawn from different parts of the state after August 15, official sources said here today. However, no withdrawal was made from north Kashmir, including Varmul. They said 519 companies of CRPF had been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for counter- insurgency operations, protection of vital installations and VIPs. Of them, nearly 400 companies are in the Kashmir valley, the most affected among all the three regions of the state. Sources said that 21 companies of the CRPF were recently withdrawn from the Kashmir valley. The process of withdrawing started after the August 15 speech of the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, they said. However, these withdrawals were made from Central and South Kashmir, leaving other areas untouched. They said despite announcement made by the government that CRPF would be replaced by the state police in the Varmul town after firing on processionists left two youths dead on June 30, nothing has changed on the ground. CRPF remained deployed in the town for law and order and counter-insurgency operations, a report from the town said today. Sources said 112 companies of BSF and 23 companies of Indo Tibetan Border Police still remained deployed in the state. Sources said some CRPF companies were also being withdrawn from Jammu region. They will be replaced by the Indian Reserve Police in the near future. However, the exact number of Army deployed for counter-insurgency operations in the state was not known.