1733 cases regd against 9000 youth since 2009

SRINAGAR: Stating that there is no general amnesty plan for the people involved in militancy or crime, the state government on Wednesday said that 1733 cases have been registered against over 9000 youths since it took over the reins of power in the state. The government also said that it was in touch with the government of India for phased revocation of AFSPA in the state.

In its written response to the two separate questions posed by Mehbooba Mufti and Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, the government informed the assembly that from 2009 to January 2014, the police registered 1733 cases in different police stations against 9166 youths.

CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami  asked about the circumstances under which Disturbed Areas Act(DAA) and Armed Forces Special Power Act(AFSPA) were made operative with the date of operation thereof in the state.

In its written response, the state government stated that the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act 1990 (DDA) and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act 1990 (AFSPA) were enacted to tackle the unprecedented security situation prevailing in the state after eruption of militancy in 1989. It stated further that while the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act 1990 came into force w.ef 3rd July 1990 and Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Power Act 1990 came into force w.e.f  July 5, 1990.

Tarigami had further submitted that Whether the situation has improved since these two Acts were applied: if so, the reasons for non-withdrawal of these Acts and till date: and whether the state govt. has approached the Union govt. regarding the withdrawal of these Acts?  If so, the details of the results thereof.

 The state government in its response stated that the security and law &order situation has improved considerably in the state over the past few years. With the improvement in the overall security and law & order situation, the state government has been advocating the gradual removal of AFSPA in the state beginning from the areas where no militancy incident has been reported for quite some time now. The state government has been raising the issue of phase-wise removal of AFSPA in different forums of Government of India from time to time, for required action. 

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