Rogue elements present in Army: NC MP

NC Rajya Sabha member said there were cases of Army officers being involved in "terrorist activities".

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 18:45 PM IST

Pampore: Amid the debate over revocation
of AFSPA, National Conference Rajya Sabha member Ghulam Nabi
Ratanpuri on Wednesday alleged there were "rogue elements" present in
the army who want to operate outside the law.

"Army has done a good job (in Jammu and Kashmir) but
there are rogue elements everywhere and army is not an
exception," Ratanpuri told reporters on the sidelines of a
function at Pampore, 20 km from Srinagar.

He said there were cases of Army officers being involved
in "terrorist activities".

"Not all Army men are angels. We have seen some Army
personnel involved in big crimes," Ratanpuri said.

Defending Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s statement on
revocation of AFSPA from some parts of J&K, he said the
announcement was made after due deliberations and there was no
need for the Act in the state.

"It is unfortunate that some people are doing politics in
the name of Kashmir. For last three years all committees
appointed by the Centre have recommended revocation of AFSPA.

If Omar has said something, he has said so after proper
deliberation," Ratanpuri said.

"I personally believe this (AFSPA) should not be there
for another second...there are other parts of the country
where there is Maoist violence and even (Union) Home Minister
has said Naxals pose a greater danger to country, but there is
no AFSPA there," he said.

PTI