CCS to take up changes in AFSPA on April 12: PC

CCS to take up changes in AFSPA on April 12: PC

Chidambaram says Home Ministry has proposed 3 amendments and these are under consideration.

A CABINET Committee on Security meeting on Thursday will take up three crucial amendments to AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) which,the Centre hopes,will satisfy those demanding its repeal.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed three amendments and these are under consideration,” Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said in Jammu this evening. The Union Home Minister was in the city for a day-long visit ahead of the CCS meeting that will take up both AFSPA as well as the report by a three-member interlocutors’ team on the state.

Though Chidambaram did not give details,it is learnt that one of the amendments aims to take away the immunity of the armed forces if death has resulted from them opening fire. The other amendment would take away the power to arrest without a warrant. These two are considered the most draconian AFSPA provisions. The third amendment is likely to provide for setting up of grievance redressal cells.

While the Army is opposed to any dilution or withdrawal of the AFSPA in J&K,the state police and central paramilitary forces support the state government’s demand for a gradual withdrawal. The AFSPA issue figured during the security review meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister in Jammu.

Chidambaram also said that the interlocutors’ report,submitted in October,would be made public once it has been presented before the CCS.