SRINAGAR Twenty-six per cent of the total strength of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed in Kashmir for security purposes.
In a report presented by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, it has been said that 61 out of 235 battalions, the worlds largest paramilitary force, are deployed in Kashmir. Apart from massive concentration of the CRPF, other Indian paramilitary forces such as Border Security Force, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal and Central Industrial Security Force have significant presence in Kashmir, the report mentioned.
During the 2010 and 2016 massive uprisings, thousands of additional paramilitary personnel were rushed to the territory to quell the street protests. After 2009, the paramilitary forces are seeking deployment charges from the cash-starved J&K for their services.
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