DAA On Way Out: Announcement Likely On Friday26 October 2011
Srinagar: Amid the speculations over the fate of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is all set to announce the removal of Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) on October 28 thereby rendering AFSPA infructuous. According to reliable sources, the chief minister would make the announcement soon after the cabinet meeting, scheduled for October 28. Revocation of DAA is well within the ambit of State government and as per the sources, the chief minister will go ahead with the decision for four districts-Srinagar, Budgam, Samba and Jammu. “Yes, the chief minister will go ahead with what he has announced,” a close aide of chief minister told Rising Kashmir, on the condition of anonymity. The issue of AFSPA revocation has generated much debate and has also revealed differences between Ministry of Home and Ministry of Defence on the issue. Meanwhile, contrary to army’s reservations, CRPF does not seem to have any qualm over the issue. “It is good that CRPF is not opposing the move. Chief Minister had taken the decision after receiving proper feedback from the intelligence, police and the state home department,” sources said. He said army had conveyed to the MoD that their track record over the past two years except Machil fake encounter was clear and cutting on their powers would demoralize army personnel deployed in J&K. This had been conveyed to the chief minister, sources said, adding that he is of the belief that the peaceful atmosphere and less presence of army in the districts identified for DAA revocation were enough reasons to withdraw the Act. “After the revocation of DAA, the area would cease to be called as disturbed. This is enough to remove AFSPA from the area,” sources said. “No doubt the police will have to shoulder extra responsibility and challenge to face, but police is fully capable to deal with the situation.” The chief minister has reportedly informed Government of India that revocation of DAA was need of the hour and the move would go a long way in peace building. Sources said the state government had conveyed to GoI that revocation of all “black laws” was a common demand among the people of J&K. A solid recommendation over the scrapping of “black laws” has been suggested by the three-member team of interlocutors in October last year.