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Tarigami wants white paper on killings of foreign terrorists

He said it was high time that int'l human rights organisations set up offices in the state, reports Faisul Yaseen.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 16:55 IST

CPI (M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday asked the government to come up with a white paper on the killings of foreign mercenaries in counter-insurgency operations in the state.

"The people should know whether the people killed in counter-insurgency operations were foreign terrorists or people gone missing in custody," he said in a press conference held at his official residence here.

Tarigami also said it was high time to allow international human rights organisations to open offices in the state.

Citing the recent expose of the alleged fake encounters in Kashmir, he said that the international human rights organisations be allowed to open their offices here.

"If we are not able to make our own organisations credible, let the international human rights organisations come and work here," Tarigami said. We hide when we have something to hide. Let the truth come out," he said and called for withdrawing of the draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 28 of 1958 and the Disturbed Area Act from the state.

Referring to the speech of the Governor SK Sinha in a joint address to both the houses of the legislature in which he had mentioned that the graph of violence in the state had gone down, Tarigami said that if the violence had gone down, then it was time for the government to review the security scenario afresh.

"I was the first victim of the Public Safety Act when I was picked up from Police Lines Anantnag and held in detention at the Central Jail," he said adding that the draconian laws have to go.

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First Published: Feb 04, 2007 16:55 IST