New Delhi, Sep 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju on Tuesday said that the army was being demonised and made a "scapegoat" in Jammu and Kashmir affairs.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a CII event here, Raju said: "The government was conscious that normalcy needed to be restored in all areas of Jammu and Kashmir and from that point of view we trying to minimise the use of armed forces.
Ruling out any dilution or revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state, Raju said: " The Indian Army is not responsible for the current turmoil in the Kashmir Valley.
"The army's presence has in fact been helping the law and order situation in the Valley." He added.
He said AFSPA is a necessary security blanket, which the army needs to fight terrorism
On cross border infiltration, Raju said: "Infiltration attempts across the border is an ongoing challenge, which the Indian Army is dealing with very effectively.
"We have taken suitable measures and precautions to ensure that infiltration is contained," he added.
Led by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the 39 member all-party delegation in the state to assess the ground situation against the backdrop of unabated unrest that has claimed over 100 lives in the last three months. (ANI)