December 2002 News

J-K forms panel on detenues

28 December 2002
The Indian Express

New Delhi: The Centre finally got the J-K government to constitute a committee to review cases for release of detenues and even managed to get its representative in as a member. Disapproving of ‘‘general release’’ of detenues in J-K, Deputy Prime minister L.K. Advani today said that the review committee will examine each case separately. He had been vociferous in his criticism of the newly formed J-K government regarding their policy on the release of detenues and had favoured a review committee. The committee, comprising J-K Chief Secretary, state DGP and Additional Director General, CID, will have Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau, as the Centre’s nominee. ‘‘When the issue is related to security and bringing in peace, the state government should make it a point to seek opinion of the Centre and security agencies working there before releasing anyone,’’ he stressed. ‘‘This is a good step because we have always been stressing for a review committee. There should be no general release,’’ Advani said at a function marking the 63rd raising day of the CRPF. ‘‘The state government had earlier released some persons in the absence of such a review committee and this had led to an adverse reaction in the country,’’ he added. The Deputy PM, welcoming the formation of the committee by the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government on Thursday, said the Central representative will ensure the state government moves in consultation with the Centre on matters of internal security. ‘‘We have been telling them to form such a committee for long but they did not do so. During my visit to the state yesterday, the Chief Minister told me about the committee,’’ he said. Advani, who chaired a meeting of the Unified Command in Jammu yesterday, said the state Chief Minister maintained that his government had been elected by people on three counts — peace, good governance and economic and social justice. While the issues of governance and economic and social justice would have to be looked after by the state government, the Centre and the J-K authorities would have to work together on bringing in peace. On the state government’s demand that the para-military forces sent at the time of elections should not be withdrawn, Advani said: ‘‘There are a lot of difficulties on that score.’’ Earlier, addressing the CRPF personnel, the Deputy PM cautioned the international community about the shifting of epicentre of Taliban from Afghanistan to Pakistan. ‘‘We will continue to fight our own battle but the world community should draw a lesson from the September 11 attack and realise that terrorism knows no boundaries,’’ he said. About infiltration from Pakistan, Advani said the security agencies had briefed him that ‘‘terrorist camps have started functioning again across the border and infiltration has also increased.’’


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