Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CRPF to walk out from J & K soon

By Manan Kumar
16 Jun 2009 01:56:00 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Having a favourable situation at hand a sharp fall in terror attacks, an ally government in power and increased flow of tourists — the Centre is now looking forward to win the trust of people in Kashmir by completely withdrawing the men in khaki from active policing in the inhabited areas.
Sources said that the complete withdrawal of CRPF from law and order duties in Kashmir is likely to happen in a phased manner for which a detailed plan would be thrashed out with the help of the Jammu and Kashmir government.
“The J&K government is expected to send us a detailed plan for phasing out CRPF in three to four years. It will have to be done in a smooth manner so that there is no dent in the security arrangements. It will also have to take into account the parallel strengthening of J&K police, which means recruiting at least 60,000 to 80,000 police personnel,” said a senior official.
The gradual reduction of the CRPF in the state was needed as the Centre wants them to be engaged in the fight against Naxals, said sources. The indications of CRPF’s withdrawal came last week when Home Minister P Chidambaram in a joint press meet with J&K Chief Minster Omar Abdullah said that the Centre would like the paramilitary forces to play only a secondary role in the state.

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