New SoP to tackle civilian protests in J&K

A set of new guidelines has been framed for the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to handle civilian protests by using non-lethal weapons.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 22:29 PM IST

New Delhi: A set of new guidelines has been
framed for the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir
to handle civilian protests by using non-lethal weapons.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the new Standard
Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been formulated for use of
non-lethal weapons to handle civilian protests in the state.

"These SoPs have been framed by the Jammu and Kashmir
Police and the CRPF is involved in it," he said at a press
conference here.

Chidambaram said he hoped that there would be no protests
in the coming summer and if there are civilian protests, the
new SoPs detailing how to use non-lethal weapons would be
helpful and adequate to contain them.

"But as I said earlier, I sincerely hope that there will
not be any cause for civilian protest this summer," he said.

On the proposed report to be submitted by the three
interlocutors appointed by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir,
Chidambaram said the group of interlocutors has completed
its seventh visit to the state.

"I think they (interlocutors) have completed their
exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. But if they wish to go back,
they can always go back. I have given them time next week to
come and discuss with me. I think they are preparing the
report. Let them come next week," he said.

On the proposed rehabilitation policy, being formulated
for the Kashmiri youths, who crossed over to PoK between 1989
and 2009 to embrace militancy and now want to return to lead a
peaceful life, Chidambaram said over 700 applications have
been received by the state government and they are being
processed.

"I am told that the Home Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir
chairs the high level committee. Since he is also the Chief
Election Officer for the Panchayat polls, may be for that
reason only the high level committee has not met as yet.

"But I request the government of Jammu and Kashmir to
kindly hold the high level meeting immediately and finalise at
least some applications. I am told that they are likely to
meet on May 12," Chidambaram said.

PTI