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Over 20,000 personnel of central paramilitary forces such as CRPF and BSF would be deployed in Kashmir ahead of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to officials that 202 companies that were given the task of conducting the recently-concluded Amarnath pilgrimage in the state will now be deployed in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Bandipora, Shopian and Awantipora for pre-election duties. A single company of these forces has about 100 personnel.

These forces were already deployed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of two months annual Amarnath Yatra, which came to an end on 26th August (Sunday) on the eve of Raksha Bandhan.

According to an order issued by the state police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will contribute the largest number of companies at 132, followed by Border Security Force (BSF) at 32, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at 25 and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at 13.

“A total of 202 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) deployed for the Amarnath Yatra have been diverted and ordered to be deployed for pre-poll duties in view of the panchayat polls in the state, dates for which are yet to be announced,” a senior official said.

He added a number of other reserve units of these forces and the state police will also be deployed once the poll dates are announced.

Meanwhile, former Governor N N Vohra on the eve of Independence day function said in his speech that local body elections are likely to be held in the last week of September.

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