Guwahati: In an order by the Central Government Wednesday evening, around 10,000 paramilitary personnel will be immediately withdrawn from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
These forces were deployed in August 2019 as a precautionary measure when the Centre ended the state’s special status and then subsequently bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
The order read, “It has been decided to withdraw 100 Coys of CAPFs with immediate effect from J&K and revert back to their respective locations.” This decision was taken when the Union home ministry reviewed the deployment of the Central Armed Forces in the union territory.
Of the 100 companies, 20 each will be from the Central Industrial Security Force, the Border Security Force, and the Sashastra Seema Bal and 40 from the Central Reserve Police Force as stated in the order. These companies will go back to their previous deployed location prior to moving to Jammu and Kashmir.
Moreover, on May 10 CAPF companies were withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir following the orders of the home ministry. Additionally, one CAPF company has an operational strength of around 100 personnel.
In a move by the Centre to prevent a possible backlash Jammu and Kashmir were placed under strong security and scrutiny. The imposition of prohibitory orders banning large gathering, detention of hundreds of political leaders and withdrawal of phone and internet services, etc. are some of the other precautionary measures.
Even though over the past few months some of these measures are being lifted gradually- under regular evaluation of security situation; a major chunk of security forces still remains in the valley. This includes 60 CRPF battalions- each with 1,000 personnel in the Kashmir valley alone. In addition to this, some other units of paramilitary troops will also remain stationed there.