13 Feb '11, 9am

CNA - India to pull 10,000 troops from Kashmir: NEW DELHI: India plans to withdraw 10,000 paramilitary troo...

CNA - India to pull 10,000 troops from Kashmir: NEW DELHI: India plans to withdraw 10,000 paramilitary troo...

NEW DELHI: India plans to withdraw 10,000 paramilitary troops from Kashmir in 2011 and renew efforts to hold talks in the rebellion-hit Himalayan region, a top government official said Sunday. A separatist insurgency has raged in Indian Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state, for 20 years and at least 114 people died in street protests last summer in pitched battles with security forces. "I think this year we can easily take out 10 battalions (10,000 personnel), if not more," Indian Home Secretary Gopal Pillai told the Press Trust of India news agency. "Irrespective of the situation, I can take out 10 battalions and it would not have any impact." There are currently 70,000 paramilitary troops in Indian Kashmir plus 100,000-150,000 army soldiers. Many state politicians in Kashmir believe their huge presence has fuelled recent deadly violence. "There are more than adequate forces ...

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