Transparent action taken against rights violations: Omar Abdullah

March 20th, 2009 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, March 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here Friday that transparent action has been taken for the first time by his government against recent human rights violations.
“Violations of human rights would not be tolerated and transparent action has been initiated for the first time against those found involved in rights violations,” Abdullah told mediapersons here Friday.

He confirmed that the north Kashmir Bomai camp of the army would be re-located within four to five days.

“At a meeting with the army’s corps commander, it has been decided that the army camp at Bomai village would be re-located within next four to five days,” he said.

“The location of the camp has been causing inconvenience to the people in the area and it is being re-located to a suitable place,” the chief minister said.

Speaking about the army’s indictment of three of its personnel, including a junior commissioned officer and two jawans, for their alleged involvement in the killings of two local youth in the village, Abdullah said: “We have been assured that besides the findings of the army’s court of enquiry, the facts unearthed by the police would also been taken into consideration while initiating action against those involved in the civilian killings in Bomai village”.

Abdullah also spoke about the suspension and subsequent arrest of four personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who were allegedly involved in the murder of a village carpenter in Kheegam village in Pulwama district.

The chief minister dispelled rumours that there was any lack of co-ordination between the civil administration and the army at any level.

“I am the first chief minister of the state who spoke about the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) on the floor of the state assembly,” he said.

The chief minister said the state government had been assured that the extension of AFSPA act would be reviewed after the Lok Sabha elections.

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