AFSPA removal: 3-member team to visit Delhi

In the backdrop of friction between army and the state government over the revocation of controversial AFSPA from “some areas” of Jammu and Kashmir, a three-member high level delegation from the state will visit New Delhi after November 27 to discuss the modalities with Defence and Home ministries, sources said.

They said the delegation will comprise of General Officer Commanding in Chief Northern Command, Lieutenant General KT Parnaik, state’s Home Secretary B R Sharma and Director General Police, Kuldeep Khoda.

“The three will discuss the issue with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister A K Antony threadbare,” sources said.

They said the apprehensions of the army over the revocation of the AFSPA will be discussed in the meeting. “The officials will brief the Defence Ministry about the overall situation in the state. The same report which was discussed in the recent Unified Command meeting will be presented in the meeting,” sources added.

The meeting, they said, will be held after President, Prtiba Singh Patil’s visit the state on November 25.