Centre withdraws 10 CAPF companies from Jammu; sends nine to Maharashtra

By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: May 16, 2020 9:42:47 pm

Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. (Express File Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The Union Home Ministry on Saturday ordered withdrawal of 10 CAPF companies from Jammu and Kashmir and sent nine such units to Maharashtra, officials said. They said the 10 units comprising over 1,000 personnel are being withdrawn from Jammu region of the Union Territory. No units of the paramilitary forces deployed in Kashmir have been touched, the officials said.

Among these ten, three companies belong to the CISF and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police each, while two each are from the CRPF and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), as per an order issued by the Union Home Ministry. These forces work under the ministry’s command for rendering a variety of internal security duties and border guarding.

The Home Ministry, meanwhile, also released nine companies — four from the Rapid Action Force, two from the Central Reserve Police Force and three from the Central Industrial Security Force — for deployment in Maharashtra.

While five companies for Maharashtra are drawn from the ten units being withdrawn from Jammu, the rest four have been released from the Mumbai-based unit of the RAF, CRPF’s specialised counter-riots…

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