Make AFSPA more transparent: Omar Abdullah

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Jun 5: Raising his voice against the encounter killings in the state, the Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has pushed for ammedments in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) towards making it more transparent.

"Obviously there would be doubts. This is the problem when a handful of people for their short-term gains are willing to sacrifice the long-term interests of not only forces they represent but that of everybody else," he told a TV news channel when he was questioned on recent encounters involving security forces along the Line of Control (LoC).

The statement comes in the wake of the controversy over three unidentified 'infiltrators'
killed by the army on Apr 30 along the LoC. The relatives of the youngsters alleged that the they were missing since Apr 27. This led to the arrests of a territorial army jawan and two others.

"Obviously there will be serious repercussions and doubts will emerge. J&K police is flooded with such complaints and enquiries about encounters are now going back more than five-six years and in some case even eight years," Abdullah said ahead of the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh's two-day visit to Kashmir from Jun 7.

"I am saying that almost every encounter, unfortunately, that has taken place now has question marks being posed by people and it is our duty to address those questions," said the CM when asked if there was some suspicions on other encounters.

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