JAMMU: The Indian home minister P Chidambaram has said the government of India was actively considering revocation of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, as it had been “an old demand of the state government.” However, he said the decision would be taken after the Lok Sabha elections that have necessitated “increased security.”
Addressing reporters here after reviewing security situation ahead of the polls, Chidambaram said the central government received requests from the state for revocation of the Act and the demand is being actively considered. “It is an old demand of the state and it has been examined. We are positive over it, and the final decision will be taken after Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
Replying to a question about the probe into killing of two civilians by army in Bomai, Sopur, Chidambaram said the central government would initiate action against those found guilty after examining the reports of two inquiries, one completed by the state government and the other being conducted by the army. He added that he was assured by the defense minister that army’s inquiry would be completed quickly.-SANA