Research Paper No. 94 (Translation)

"CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES IN INDIA: BETWEEN GROWTH AND VERSATILITY"

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Composed of six specialised corps under the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Armed Police Forces in India (CAPF) count in their ranks close to 980,000 men and women. Primarily responsible for border guarding, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and counterinsurgency, the CAPF have seen their workforce and budget grow over the past twenty years. Particularly active in Kashmir, in the North-East, and in many central states afflicted by a Maoist rebellion, they are deployed wherever the Central State deems it necessary and where state police forces, more often than not understaffed, are overwhelmed. As the armed wing of the State and pillar of India’s domestic security, the CAPF also intervene during natural disasters in order to rescue populations.

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