CRPF personnel stand guard outside Jamia Masjid during light snowfall, in Downtown Srinagar (Photo: PTI)
CRPF personnel stand guard outside Jamia Masjid during light snowfall, in Downtown Srinagar (Photo: PTI)

Home Ministry orders withdrawal of over 7,000 paramilitary troops from Kashmir

  • Union Home Ministry issues an order for withdrawing 72 companies of paramilitary forces from newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir 'with immediate effect'
  • Of the 72 companies being withdrawn, 24 are from CRPF while 12 each are from BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has ordered "immediate" withdrawal of over 7,000 paramilitary troops from Kashmir after a security review, officials said on Tuesday.

A total of 72 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been ordered to "revert" to their locations across the country, they said. One such company has about 100 personnel.

Of the 72 companies being withdrawn, 24 are from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) while 12 each are from the Border Security Force (BSF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

These units drawn from the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and the SSB were sent to the Kashmir Valley after the Centre abrogated Article 370 provisions in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the order issued on Monday, while 24 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force are being withdrawn, 12 each of the Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Sashastra Seema Bal are being sent back.

About 20 such companies were withdrawn from the valley early this month.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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