India deploys Border Security Force in Kashmir after 12 years

This is the first time the BSF has been deployed on active duty in the city since 2004. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Srinagar, India Aug 22, 2016, 01.50 PM (IST)
The Border Security Force (BSF) was deployed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, today after a gap of 12 years. The BSF is the primary force responsible for the guarding of India's borders. 

It was taken off counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir valley in 2004.

BSF personnel were deployed in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in the city and adjoining areas for law and order duties, a police official said.

Officials from the civil administration, BSF and police top brass refused to comment on the deployment of the force in the city.

This is the first time since 2004 that the BSF has been deployed on active duty in the city.

The BSF, which took part in anti-militancy operations in Kashmir for nearly 13 years starting from 1991, was replaced in the city by the Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2004.

BSF troops were then moved to their primary duty of guarding the Line of Control and the international border.