duty to stay in Kashmir
Fifty additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force brought to J&K for providing security cover to annual Amaranth yatra would remain stationed in Kashmir to help the government forces in anti-militancy operations, officials told Greater Kashmir on Friday.
“100 CRPF companies were brought for yatra duty out of which 50 companies will remain stationed in Kashmir. Due to law and order situation, very few companies were mobilised from the existing manpower in J&K,” a CRPF official said.
The additional forces deployed for yatra will stay put in Kashmir, special director general of CRPF, SN Srivastava told Greater Kashmir.
“Things are much better in Valley now,” he said.
The additional forces would be used for counter-militancy operations and law and order duties, said CRPF inspector general Zulfiqar Hassan.
The 50 companies would be in addition to about 55 CRPF battalions already deployed in the Valley for the past one decade.
Official figures available with security establishments maintain that around 55 battalions (a battalion has 1000 men) have been deployed in Kashmir while 15 are stationed in Jammu.
The figures reveal that 25 battalions are in Srinagar district while rest in other districts across Kashmir.
Officials said about 4,000 personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) are already deployed in Kashmir. The force is responsible for guarding the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.
However SSB has been deployed in Kashmir for internal security. “Besides, CRPF and SSB, about 3000 Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel are also deployed in Kashmir,” an official said.