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‘Need to revisit policy on use of non-lethal weapons’

Last Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 15:17

Jammu: Under attack by the opposition for disarming of Police and CRPF personnel under Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on use of non-lethal weaponary in the Valley, Congress Minister Sham Lal Sharma Thursday said that the policy need to be reviewed.

Today there is cabinet meeting-- we will discuss it (disarming of Police and CRPF under SOP)-- I think there is a need to re-visit this policy once again-- it is needed to be reviewed", Sharma told reporters here.

Sharma was replying to the volley of questions about disarming of CRPF and policemen and making them targets of the militants in Kashmir valley, revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the happenings in the state Assembly over Afzal Guru issue.

Commenting on revocation of AFSPA, the Minister said "If we say militancy from Jammu and Kashmir has been wiped out-- but this type of incident (Yesterday`s fidayeen attack) shows that militancy has not been fully stamped out from J&K".
"I condemn the fidayeen attack on security forces-- I do not feel our forces- Army and Para-military forces- are demoralised-- our jawans are brave and they are moving forward (to stamp out terrorism)", Sharma said.

Replying to the question on opposition and ruling National Conference raising the issue of Afzal Guru in the House, he said "state is moving towards political bankruptcy-- may be I am also coming in it".
He further said "as the elections are coming close-- we are doing issue based politics-- the situation that is emerging in Jammu and Kashmir, the political people are undermining it".

Replying to the another question about politics being done by PDP and NC on selective deaths on the basis of religion, he said "yesterday`s killings which took place in Kashmir-- death is a death-- we should in totality condemn all of them-- If we take these issues on the basis of caste, creed and religion, I condemn it".


First Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 15:16

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