High-grade weapons for Village Defence Committees
27 June 2004
Our Staff Reporter
Surankote: A day after the tragedy in Poonch district in which 12 Gujjars were killed, the Union Minister of State for Home, Sri Prakash Jaiswal, said today that the members of the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) would be given sophisticated weapons to meet the challenge posed by militants. Mr. Jaiswal refused to give any time frame for distributing such weapons. The UPA Government would definitely give a serious thought to the proposal. A high-level team of the Union Home Ministry comprising the Special Secretary, Home, B.B. Mishra, and the Deputy Secretary, Home, M.K. Das arrived here to take stock of internal security. The Minister chaired a meeting of the heads of security forces and other agencies. Asked about the Amaranth Yatra controversy, the Minister said that the Centre would provide adequate security forces to conduct the yatra in a peaceful manner. On the killing of the IRCON engineer and his brother by militants in the Kashmir valley, the Minister said militants did not want the valley linked to other parts of the country because that would solve the Kashmir problem to a large extent.