New Delhi: Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said there has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the government-appointed interlocutors have been able to "change the discourse" in the troubled valley.
"The three-month period of agitation was an unfortunate and deeply regrettable chapter. However, after the visit of the all-party parliamentary delegation and the appointment of interlocutors, there has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation," Chidambaram said.
"In particular, the interlocutors have been able to change the discourse and have been able to persuade a number of stakeholders to offer suggestions for a political solution," the home minister told reporters, giving the monthly report card of his ministry.
He said a parliamentary panel discussed matters relating to Jammu and Kashmir in December, while the interlocutors - senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, noted academician Radha Kumar and economist M.M. Ansari - visited the state for the third time last month.
"During the visit, they met Governor (N.N. Vohra) and Chief Minister (Omar Abdullah), senior leaders of mainstream political parties, and senior administrative and police officials. They also met 130 delegations in the Jammu city, Poonch, Rajouri, Srinagar and Langate."
‘Breakthrough in Samjhauta train blast probe’
Central probe agencies have
achieved a breakthrough in the case of Samjhauta Express train
blast, suspected to be carried out by right-wing terror
groups, but the same could not be shared as of now, Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram said here today.
There is some progress in the case and the National
Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the blast, has
achieved a breakthrough, he said replying to questions on the
status of the probe.
Chidambaram, however, declined to elaborate further,
saying it "can`t be disclosed to you".
As many as 68 people were killed when RDX-laden
explosives were triggered in the Samjhauta train, the oldest
rail link between India and Pakistan, in Haryana on the night
of February 17, 2008.
The NIA had taken the custody of Abhinav Bharat member
Swami Assemanand in this connection from a Punchkula court and
were finding links as to who had supplied the RDX.
Asked for comment to the demand made by Congress general
secretary Digvijay Singh that all terror-related cases should
be probed by the NIA, the Home Minister said the Central probe
agency was already investigating a number of terror cases.
"Not all cases where the UAPA (Unlawful Activities
[Prevention] Act) provisions were invoked can be handled by
NIA. NIA has the constraint of manpower, time. But all major
cases of terror are being investigated by NIA and in future
too all major terror cases will be handled by NIA," he said.
‘If Binayak convicted wrongly, it`ll be corrected legally’
Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said if rights activist Binayak Sen had been convicted wrongly for his Maoists links then it would be corrected through legal ways.
"If he is wrongly convicted, it will be corrected in lawful ways," Chidambaram said, adding that the doctor-activist has been convicted by a court of law and "those who respect democracy must also respect the processes of democracy".
The home minister was speaking to reporters while presenting the monthly report card of his ministry.
Sen, 59, was Dec 24 sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court for sedition and his links with Maoists. The conviction triggered angry reactions from within and outside the country.
With IANS & PTI imputs