25000 CRPF Men On Poll Duty Retained   

SRINAGAR — The Home Ministry on Tuesday issued an order retaining around 25,000 out of 40,000 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel, who had been deployed for the Amarnath Yatra and local body and panchayat elections, in the State.

“162 companies (each company has around 80-100 personnel) of CAPFs deployed in September 2018 shall continue in the State for maintaining law and order. 238 companies of CAPFs who were deployed in March-April shall stand de-attached from J&K by deploying fresh 88 companies… a total of 250 companies of shall be available in J&K for the said purpose,” the Ministry order said.

The Panchayat elections ended last week. Of the 2,135 halqas in the Valley, no candidate stood in 708 of them, meaning they remain vacant. Another 699 halqas each had a single candidate who won unopposed. This means 1,407 halqas saw no contest at all.

The four South Kashmir districts of Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama posted the lowest turnouts. Shopian and Pulwama, in fact, saw no polling at all. Kulgam had no polling in 99% of halqas and no candidate for 87% of its sarpanch posts. Anantnag saw no contest in 76% of its halqas.


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