Assam: Centre Withdraws 10K Paramilitary Forces

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The Centre has withdrawn 10,000 paramilitary personnel deployed in Assam before the publication of the final NRC on August 31, officials said.

Officials said that the decision to withdraw the paramilitary forces was taken as no violence has been reported in the state after the publication of the NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of the northeastern state. However, 19 lakh names have been excluded from the final NRC.

According to an official from the Ministry of Home department, the decision was taken on August 19 to deploy 218 companies of paramilitary forces in the state for maintenance of law and order situation ahead of the publication of the final NRC.

A review has been carried by the home ministry on Friday on the prevailing situation of the state, and after the review, the decision has been taken to withdraw 100 companies of paramilitary forces with immediate effect.

According to a report, out of the 100 companies of the paramilitary forces, 50 belong to the BSF, 10 CRPF, 16 ITBP and 24 SSB. A company of a paramilitary force comprises around 100 personnel.

It has been directed to the troops to return to their respective bases prior to the deployment in the state.

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