Defence Minister A K Antony: Decision of AFSPA revocation to be taken after consultation with security forces; Militants held by Police in Baramulla
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  • (December 12-18, 2011)

    According to reports, Defence Minister AK Antony said the issue of partial revocation of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir was discussed in a meeting of Unified Headquarters last month and maintained that decisions on security matters are taken after consultation with concerned states and security forces. In written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Defence Minister AK Antony stated, “The issue of partial revocation of AFSPA from some districts of J&K was discussed in the Unified Headquarters (UHQ) meeting held at Jammu on November 9.” Decisions on matters affecting security are taken after evaluation of situation on ground and after detailed consultations among the central government, state governments concerned and the security forces, he noted. 1

    In another development, according to reports, Police claimed to have arrested three militants along with arms and ammunition in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. A police spokesman in a statement said a team of Baramulla police along with 52 RR arrested two militants during vehicle checking at Muqam crossing. Police identified the militants as Muhammad Rafiq Lone of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) outfit resident of Krankshivan, Sopore and Ejaz Ahmad Shah of Al Baraq outfit resident of Delina, Baramulla. Meanwhile, a team of Pattan police alongwith 29 RR claimed to have arrested another militant of HM near Baramulla. 2