Centre to review amnesty policy


New Delhi, Mar 25: The Centre is considering a virtual overhaul of the policy of amnesty for militants in the wake of the ‘controversial’ arrest of former Kashmir militant Syed Liyaqat Shah by the Delhi police last week.
This would cover militants not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also those in the north east and Maoists.
“We will have to see the larger vision of rehabilitation and work out a new policy. It’s time to work out (rework) the amnesty policy, how it can be done better,” official sources said today.
The comments by officials assume significance in the context of the arrest of former Al-Badar militant Liyaqat by the Delhi police on Saturday. The militant had crossed over to India through the Nepal border under a policy of rehabilitation of former militants who surrender to the authorities.
There is a raging controversy over the arrest of Liyaqat for allegedly planning to carry out “terror strikes” in the national capital during Holi this week. The Jammu and Kashmir Government is upset over the arrest and wants the case to be transferred from Delhi police to the National Investigating Agency (NIA).
The J&K Government feels the arrest could hamper its rehabilitation policy for those wanting to return to India could have a rethink.
On the arrest of Liyaqat, the sources said the Delhi police has one version and Jammu and Kashmir another version of facts. We will have to sit and discuss and reconcile facts," the sources said.
But, they said, one has to look at a larger vision of rehabilitation (of militants).
“It is time to work out an amnesty policy and how it can be done better. We (the Centre) will be doing it along with the Jammu and Kashmir government,” the sources said adding this should also involve the north east militants and Maoists.
“We need to look at how it had worked in the past and how it can be made better,” they said.
In an apparent reference to the differences between Delhi police and their counterpart in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said they need to tell the state government and police they should agree that there are political and implications.
They should also consider each other's concerns and there should be coordination among security agencies. “We need to improve rehabilitation policies, see how they have worked and we need to improve them,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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