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JKNPP says Centre should not revoke AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party(JKNPP) today said that the Centre should not accept Omar Abdullah's demand to withdraw Army and revoke Armed Forced Special Powers Act(AFSPA) from the state, in light of the discovery of tunnel in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 31, 2012 16:58 IST

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party(JKNPP) on Tuesday said that the Centre should not accept Omar Abdullah's demand to withdraw Army and revoke Armed Forced Special Powers Act(AFSPA) from the state, in light of the discovery of tunnel in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir.


JKNPP chief and Samba MLA Yashpal Kundal said "The lowering of the guard in backdrop of the discovery of cross-border tunnel is dangerous. Centre should not accept the demand of chief minister to withdraw Army from the various identified areas including Samba, as I as MLA of the area have no problem with Army, instead people of Samba are happy with Army."

Kundal who visited the tunnel area,said it should be an eyeopener for the CM who has been repeatedly raising the issue of revocation of AFSPA in the state and reducing troop presence.

>"Building of tunnel in Samba sector of J&K by Pakistan to stage infiltration into the state is a serious thing. Omar government and Centre should take lessons from it," Kundal told reporters here.

There could be more tunnels in the area and Centre and BSF should urgently uncover the tunnel as it has created a fear-psychosis in the area, he said.

Terming the issue serious, State NCP chief Thakur Randhir Singh said that government and all agencies should put together efforts to scan the entire border area immediately to find out the network of tunnel.

He condemned those vying to remove Army from this area and demanded more recruitment of TA battalions for such areas.