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PC for phasing out CRPF in J&K
Gradual substitution by state police
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 11
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has asked the controlling officers of the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police to work out a strategy for the gradual substitution of the CRPF by the latter in essential duties.

Chidambaram said this at the meeting of the Unified Command Headquarters, jointly presided over by him and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here today. The meeting was attended among others by Lt-Gen PC Bhardhwaj, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt-Gen Bikram Singh, GOC 15 Corps, Lt-Gen RK Swamy, GOC 16 Corps, Major-Gen K. Surendranath, GOC 26 Div, DGP of the J&K Police and other senior security and police officers.

He had also one-to-one meetings with Governor NN Vohra, Omar Abdullah and with delegations of various political parties. The Home Minister met Vohra at the Raj Bhawan here this afternoon. During an hour-long meeting, they discussed the overall situation in the state.

Chidambaram at the Unified Command Headquarters meeting laid stress on strict adherence to the Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) and the Code of Conduct for the uniformed forces. He said the senior officers of various uniformed forces must acquaint their rank and file of the provisions of the code of conduct and ensure that the field officers and jawans did not transgress these while performing their duties.

Stating that the duties assigned to the security forces and the police were well defined, the Home Minister said while the Army and the paramilitary forces were tasked to perform security-related duties, the state police should perform all essential functions relating to the maintenance of law and order.

Chidambaram congratulated the Chief Minister and the state administration for the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary elections. He said the Centre was solidly behind the state government in its endeavour to create a stable and secure environment in the state, which was the prerequisite for development.

The Chief Minister said his government attached highest importance to the protection of human rights and directions in this regard had been given to all concerned to uphold human rights under all circumstances.

Omar said the government, among other challenges, had at present the challenge of carrying forward and completing developmental projects within the limited working season. “We have to make our tourist season a success, smoothly conduct the Amarnath yatra and take care of the crucial academic session,” he said. He added a peaceful and conducive atmosphere was imperative to achieve our developmental objectives.

Among the delegations of political parties that met Chidambaram included a four-member PDP delegation led by party president Mehbooba Mufti and a Congress delegation. Mehbooba reiterated its demand for the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the reduction of troops, and more space and authority to the state police in the internal security in the state.



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