‘Additional Companies Of Paramilitary Forces Start Withdrawing From Kashmir’

Srinagar: Additional companies of paramilitary forces which were called during 2016 summer uprising have started withdrawing from Kashmir.

The move has been started from district Kupwara, said an official.

Official sources said that many battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) including 148-A company and 215-C company were withdrawn on Tuesday from Lolab while 63-A battalion and 91 battalion from Kupwara.

Sources said that after January 26 function, this year, more companies would be send back to their respective stations.

PRO, CRPF Rajesh Yadav told KNS that the withdrawal process of the deployments were started earlier but got “hampered” due to heavy snowfall last week.

“All the additional deployments will be withdrawn in the Kashmir Valley in phased manner with the improvement in situation”, the PRO said.

A top government officer said that during the peoples uprising, a total of 103 companies of CRPF were deployed in the Valley.

He also confirmed that among 103 companies, 15 have been withdrawn and 40 companies will start withdrawing in coming days.

The uprising was triggered by the killing of Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen commander, on July 8, 2016.

Nearly hundred people were killed and thousands injured in the government action during the uprising.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti informed the legislative assembly last week that 1059 persons were arrested, 318 under Public Safety Act.

Mehbooba also said that 2684 FIRs have been registered during the uprising upto December 31 last year. “The cases are presently under investigation”.

The CM had assured that additional forces would be sent back would situation improves.





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