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Don't harass innocent civilians: Azad to security forces

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Srinagar, Apr 17 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the security forces to ensure that there were no human rights violations in the state.

Addressing recruits at the passing out parade at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Humhama near here, he asked the security forces not to harass and target the innocent civilians while dealing with the militancy.

Mr Azad lauded the CRPF for its ''good'' human rights record during the past six months.

''We do receive complaints about human rights violations in the state. But, I am very happy that there have been no complaints against the CRPF during the past five-six months,'' he added.

The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the security forces would ensure that there were no human rights violations in the state in future as well.

''It is a very difficult and brave task...like walking on the edge of the sword. The forces have to deal with terrorism and militancy on the one hand and at the same time ensure there were no human rights violations in the state,'' he added.

Mr Azad also said the security and police personnel were working in difficult and extra-ordinary situation in the state and as a result there was a lot of stress and tension among them.

He called for better coordination between the officers and the jawans.

''The grievances of the jawans vis-a-vis proceeding on leave and their social and family life should be considered sympathetically by the officers,'' the Chief Minister said.

He said about 3000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir have already been absorbed in the CRPF while 2000 more would be recruited in the near future.

The Centre and the state government have worked out a multi- pronged strategy to rid the state of growing unemployment problem, Mr Azad added.

He said a large number of unemployed youth from the state would be absorbed in the Army, the para-military forces and the police.

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