Centre mulling overhaul of amnesty policy for militants



New Delhi: The Centre is considering a virtual overhaul of the policy of amnesty for militants In the wake of the arrest of former Kashmir militant Liyaqat by the Delhi police last week.

This would cover militants not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also those in the north east and Maoists.

"We will have to see the larger vision of rehabilitation and work out a new policy. It's time to work out (rework) the amnesty policy, how it can be done better," official sources said on Monday.

The comments by officials assume significance in the context of the arrest of former Hizbul Muhahideen terroist Liyaqat by the Delhi police on Saturday. The militant had crossed over to India through the Nepal border under a policy of rehabilitation of former militants who surrender to the authorities.

There is a raging controversy over the arrest of Liyaqat for allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes in the national capital during Holi this week. The Jammu and Kashmir government is upset over the arrest and wants the case to be transferred from Delhi police to the National Investigating Agency. (NIA).

The J&K government feels the arrest could hamper its rehabilation policy for those wanting to return to India could have a rethink.

PTI