AFSPA politicized to an extent: Assam Rifles DG

The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been `politicized to a large extent`, outgoing Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen Karan Singh Yadava had said, indicating that his force was not in favour repealing it.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 21:36 PM IST

Shillong: The controversial Armed
Forces Special Powers Act has been `politicized to a large
extent`, outgoing Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen
Karan Singh Yadava had said, indicating that his force was not
in favour repealing it.

Yadava, who will retire from service on September 30,
reasoned that the `man in uniform` needed protection.

"The insurgent is also holding a weapon and so the
uniformed man needs to take spot decisions to safeguard
government property and therefore he needs protection against
being dragged to the courts for taking action in national
interest," the DG said, responding to a query.

"The matter is being debated extensively and the
Centre and the state governments should take a decision. The
government should spell it out clearly what they want from the
armed forces," he said.

"In whatever form it is, the act seeks to give
certain amount of protection to the armed forces."

"Why ask the armed forces about it? It has become
fashionable to ask the uniformed fraternity about this,
whereas none of us are misusing it. It is easy to say scrap
it," he said.

"If the authorities in power feel it (AFSPA) should
not be there we are ready to function. We will function in
accordance with the rules," Yadava said.

"All over the world armed forces have stringent laws
to protect themselves. It is nothing new that is happening in
India. In fact, men in uniform in India have refrained from
being politicized and have been performing with utmost humane
effort," he maintained.

The outgoing DGAR said the Indian Armed Forces had the
best record in dealing with civilians as compared to forces in
other countries.

-PTI