‘DAA revocation, AFSPA not interlinked’
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Srinagar, Dec 12: The army Monday said revocation of Disturbed Area Act (DAA) by the Jammu and Kashmir government will not affect the applicability of AFSPA in the state as the two laws are not interlinked.
“DAA has no relation with AFSPA. It is a misconception that the two laws are linked to each other,” Colonel Sanjay Vishwas Rao, Internal Security Officer, said during an interaction with media persons at 15 Corps headquarters here.
He said Kashmir was classified as a “disturbed” area by a Parliament resolution, which made the applicability of AFSPA possible in JK.
“On the other hand, DAA is a state law which was meant to give more powers to police. DAA was supposed to be extended every year but last time it was extended in 1997. So DAA does not even exist today in Kashmir,” Rao said.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, several mainstream politicians and legal experts have opined that state government can make AFSPA non-applicable by revoking DAA.
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