MHA begins inquiry against Asthana

A day after he was praised by the Hurriyat for his statement on Kashmir,the Ministry of Home Affairs initiated an inquiry against CRPF Inspector General N C Asthana.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 1:02:07 am

A day after he was praised by the Hurriyat for his statement on Kashmir,the Ministry of Home Affairs initiated an inquiry against CRPF Inspector General N C Asthana.

The1986-batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre had in an interview with Tehelka weekly said a “strong anti-India sentiment persists” in Kashmir and people’s participation in elections “doesn’t prove that they repose trust” in the Indian system.

Asthana has written the book “India’s Internal Security: The Actual Concerns” — along with his wife Anjali Nirmal — which speaks about his tenure in the Valley during the 2010 unrest.

Asthana,who is at present posted as CRPF IG looking after the anti-Naxal unit CoBRA,said the views expressed in the book were personal.

“According to the All India Services Rule number 6,no permission is required and we have to only give a declaration in the book that the views expressed are our own. That we regularly do,” Asthana said.

“We are examining the content of the book. If required we will take action,” said a home ministry official.

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