Omar Appreciates Army Action

20 March 2009
The Times of India

Srinagar: Taking credit for quick action against guilty army personnel for last month's killings of two innocent youths in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the army camp housed near a girls' school at Bomai in Baramulla district of north Kashmir would be relocated. Addressing a news conference, Omar praised the Army and para-military authorities for prompt action against their erring officials in two incidents of Bomai in north Kashmir and at Kaigam in south Kashmir. Two major cases of human rights violations by security forces were reported since Omar took over as the chief minister in January. Two youths were killed by army jawans at Bomai on February 21, while one person was killed by CRPF men on at Kaigam in south Kashmir on March 18. Bomai residents had even threatened to leave the village from Saturday in case the army camp was not removed. The camp, housed near a girls school, will now be shifted within six days. 'I held a meeting with the 15 Corps commander and inquiry officer in Bomai case at my residence and discussed the issue on Friday morning,' Omar said. The CM said incidents like Bomai and Kaigam were the result of not following standard operation procedure. The Army and CPRF had not taken the police into confidence before launching operation against terrorists in the respective areas which resulted in human rights violations, he added. To a question on revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, he said, 'It is for the first time that any sitting CM has taken up the issue with the Centre. I even raised the point during a recent meeting with the Union home minister.' Omar, who is also heading the unified headquarters of various security agencies including Army and para-military forces, said he had given clear instructions to the security agencies to respect human rights. 'Human rights violations should not take place, is the endeavour of my government.'