CPI (M) calls for troop cut
Srinagar, Jan 16: The state secretary of CPI (M) M Y Tarigami on Sunday said that forces in Jammu and Kashmir should be cut in proportion as their substantial withdrawal would have a positive bearing on the ground.
"Official claims about decline in militancy related incidents and reduction in infiltration, necessitates befitting response in the shape of reducing presence of forces to restore confidence of people," Tarigami said in a statement.
Welcoming the Union Home Secretary G K Pillai's announcement of reducing the strength of forces by 25 per cent during the next 12 months, Tarigami said the time was ripe for the Centre to reduce the footprints of forces in JK.
Asking the government to identify all safer districts and areas declared as disturbed, he said that "by doing so, AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) will be automatically rendered redundant in such areas."
"This should be done without any further delay as it was within the competence of the State government and in line with the eight-point package announced by the Centre few months back," he added.
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