SRINAGAR: The Centre on Wednesday decided to withdraw 100 companies of security forces from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken after a security review by the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The companies of paramilitary personnel to be withdrawn include 40 companies of CRPF and 20 each of the BSF, CISF and SSB from the Kashmir Valley.
Quoting officials reports said that the decision was finalised after the MHA reviewed the deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in the union territory.
A total of nearly 100 CAPF companies have been ordered to be withdrawn “immediately” and go back to their base locations in the country from where they were mobilised to the UT after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.
A CAPF company has an operational strength of about 100 security personnel.
The home ministry had last withdrawn about 10 CAPF companies from Jammu and Kashmir in May.