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Why no AFSPA in Maoist-hit areas? Asks Omar

Drawing a parallel with insurgency in Maoist-infested areas, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said his state should be given a choice on revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some areas.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2012 23:03 IST

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Drawing a parallel with insurgency in Maoist-infested areas, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said his state should be given a choice on revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some areas.

"If Maoist-infested states can choose not to use the army, why can't my state choose not to use it in some areas?" Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"I want to know why no one is demanding AFSPA in these areas when they are so keen to see it continue in J&K," he said.

The chief minister, however, dismissed suggestions that he was supporting the use of army to tackle Maoists.

"I'm not. I'm asking why those making a big deal about it in my state are happy to be quiet in this case with a worse problem."

First Published: Apr 22, 2012 18:31 IST