June 2004 News

Avoid Human Rights Abuses In J&K: Patil

14 June 2004
The Asian Age

New Delhi: Union home minister Shivraj Patil on Monday, asked security forces to avoid human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir even while keeping terrorism under control. Army Chief, Gen. N.C. Vij, was among those who participated in a meeting with the minister which lasted over an hour-and-half. The officials reviewed the security situation in the state and also discussed the next round of dialogue between the Centre and the Hurriyat Conference. The meeting was attended by national security adviser J.N. Dixit, the Centre's pointsman on Kashmir, Mr Vohra, Intelligence Bureau director K.P. Singh, RAW chief C.D. Sahay and other officials. The meeting is also being seen as a part of preparations ahead of the next round of dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference. The minister repeated the Centre's 'resolve to continue the dialogue process to find a solution to the problems of the state,' an official statement said. Mr Patil has already indicated that the government would like the third round of talks to take place in the first or second week of July - if it suits the Hurriyat Conference. Last week, the ministry hinted that the process of fixing dates for the meeting with the separatist organisation was on. The Centre has been concerned about the recent militant attacks, which could be meant to harm the peace process. While appreciating the 'good work done by the police and security forces in controlling terrorism and infiltration,' the home minister said that he wanted 'all protective measures' taken to keep the security situation 'under control.' 'While doing so, the security forces must ensure humane behaviour in their interaction with citizens and avoid human rights violations,' he added.


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