Union Home Ministry Unlikely To Act Against CRPF Cop For Kashmir Comments

Union Home Ministry Unlikely To Act Against CRPF Cop For Kashmir Comments

29 August 2012
Times of India


New Delhi: The home ministry is unlikely to take any action against CRPF IG N C Asthana for his controversial statement about strong anti-India sentiments in Kashmir. Separatist leaders from Kashmir, including Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have appreciated his statement and asked the government to take note of the ground reality in Kashmir. A home ministry source said, 'Neither are we contemplating action against the officer nor is there any such proposal because he has not violated any rule.' A 1986 batch IPS officer from the Kerala cadre, Asthana and his wife Anjali Nirmal have jointly authored a book, 'India's Internal Security: The Actual Concerns', which will be released soon. In the book, Asthana wrote that increase in tourist flow or peaceful elections should not be construed as signs of normalcy returning to Kashmir. Besides Kashmir and the northeast, the two have dealt with a whole range of security concerns, including Maoist problem, handling of terrorism cases by police and persecution of Muslims. Asthana has worked in Jammu & Kashmir at the height of militancy and was awarded police (special duty) medal beside President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service. He also had a long stint in the Intelligence Bureau and was one of the first officers to be sent abroad for anti-espionage training.