New Delhi: The CRPF is gradually reducing its footprints in Jammu and Kashmir, the chief of the force said in New Delhi on Friday.

"Slowly and steadily our numbers are reducing footprints are reducing. It is a solid and positive indicator," CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar told reporters when asked if the force would bring its numbers down in the militancy affected state.

Senior officials said that from 70 battalions, the CRPF is down to 66 battalions over the last few years.

Each battalion has about 1,000 personnel. As a part of confidence building measures, the Union Home Ministry in consultation with the state government has been planning the deployment and de-induction of CRPF troops who render a host of security duties in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kumar said the year 2010 was little troublesome for his force in Kashmir Valley as there were "a large number of protests".

"We are now undertaking joint training with the state police and the year 2011 has been fairly successful for us," said.

In his early days as a police officer, Kumar has also served as the Inspector General of BSF in Kashmir valley.


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