A moderate troop dispersal has begun in the Kashmir Valley with at least four to five companies of paramilitary forces leaving the volatile region, first time after the Centre announced the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5.
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Around 4000 to 5000 central armed police force (CAPF) packed their bags and have left from Kashmir as a sign of “improvement in the ground situation.” To confirm it, a top security expert stated – Yes, four to five additional companies of forces have left Kashmir on Sunday.
Whether more would leave, there are no clear cut directions,” Union government had engaged over 50,000 CAPF ( over 600 companies) in Kashmir after scarping the special status of J&K and demoting the state into two union territories, fearing mass agitation.
The official further said that “20 companies of additional forces that were deployed in various parts of the Valley are likely to be taken out of Kashmir. “Of them, 16 are from BSF and four CRPF.”
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The officer also mentioned that the withdrawal of more companies from Kashmir would wind down gradually, depending on the overall situation on ground zero. Luckily, there were no massive protests, contrary to the expectations of the government and the reports of intelligence agencies.
The conditions remain tense as usual but under control, giving opportunity to the government to withdraw some of the forces.
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The central forces have been working together with the local police to maintain law and order post the abrogation of Article 370. The ratio of central forces in controlling law and order was much higher as compared to local police. Majority of the central forces that were engaged in Kashmir were from CRPF.