Manipur has received reinforcements in the form of nearly 50 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that were previously engaged in Amarnath Yatra duties but have now been redeployed to the conflict-ridden state. Approximately 20 of these companies have already arrived in Manipur, while the rest are expected to reach their destination shortly.
Reliable sources have informed Smartkhabrinews that these extra paramilitary forces are likely to take over the responsibilities currently handled by Army troops in various regions. This sudden shift of forces from sensitive areas has prompted discussions regarding the possibility of also relieving Assam Rifles troops from certain locations, although no official decision has been made in this regard.
According to insiders, the prevailing situation in Manipur has shown signs of improvement compared to a few weeks ago. Additionally, the state government has received reinforcements in the form of additional CAPF companies, which could facilitate the transition from Army to CAPF control in affected areas. However, the specifics of which areas the Army will withdraw from have not yet been finalized, as this requires consultations with all relevant stakeholders.
A senior official familiar with the developments stated, “In a meeting involving various security forces and high-ranking government officials, it was discussed that CAPF units could now take over certain areas where Army troops were deployed to maintain law and order. The plan is to relocate CAPF troops from Anantnag to Manipur to replace the Army. The Army has broader duties, and officials may prefer to have a suitable replacement.”
Last week, out of the 325 companies initially deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for Amarnath Yatra duties, the Union Home Ministry withdrew 225 companies for redeployment elsewhere. Some of these companies were subsequently dispatched to Manipur to support the local police in upholding law and order. Sources indicate that approximately 38 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be deployed to Manipur, with 10 companies already on the ground. Furthermore, companies from the Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are also en route to Manipur to assist the local authorities in maintaining peace and order.