Cautioning that withdrawal of CRPF deployed for counter-insurgency operations in sensitive districts would leave a vacuum that could be exploited by insurgents, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday sought an "immediate replacement" for the paramilitary forces in the state.
Speaking at the Chief Ministers' conference on Internal Security, Omar said, "The Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered the withdrawal of five CRPF battalions from the state. Four IRP battalions from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana,
Punjab and Uttarakhand which were meant to replace the CRPF battalions have not reported as yet except for one battalion.
The CRPF was withdrawn from J&K for anti-naxal operations in other parts of the country.
"The withdrawal of the five CRPF battalions which are deployed for counter insurgency operations in sensitive districts would leave a vacuum which is bound to be exploited by the insurgents," Omar said.
The chief minister asked the Centre to take immediate action to ensure that suitable replacements for the CRPF battalions are sent to the state immediately.