Srinagar, June 7 (ANI): To ensure that rights of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir are taken care of by the security forces while operating against the militants, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday assured government's action if any violation takes place.
"I am aware of some complaints related to human rights. On this issue, the government policy is to protect the human rights of the people even when dealing with terrorism," Dr. Singh said while addressing a public gathering at the start of his two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley.
"The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been strictly instructed to respect the rights of the civilians. We will act to remove any deficiency in the implementation of these instructions," he added.
Reiterating that there were some elements and organizations only interested in fomenting trouble in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Singh praised the armed forces, and particularly the Army, for defending the country's borders.
The Prime Minister backed the Army's role, saying that it was doing a good job in defending the nation's frontiers.
He said the army has been forced to take action against elements who were determined to create instability in the state, including infiltrators.
He candidly admitted that in the process of this aggressive response to terror, innocents got trapped.
He said that his government is committed to promoting peace in Jammu and Kashmir, and ready to talk to any group that abjured violence. (ANI)