ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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J & K Police Bill

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) denounces the draft Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill 2013, prepared by senior police officers of the Home Department of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The draft bill was put up for public comments on 14 February for a fortnight, at a time when the Kashmir Valley was reeling under curfew and bandh following the secret hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru. The contents of the draft bill tend to suggest that the idea was to ensure a truncated debate and serve a fait accompli by surreptitiously rushing through the bill.

The state government has claimed that the draft bill is in compliance with the Supreme Court order of 2006 and is in line with the guideline/model bill framed by a committee constituted by the apex court. But the fact is that tucked inside the 76-page draft are provisions which enhance the power and authority of the police far beyond what even the apex court imagined. Putting out the draft – without any qualification that the state government does not endorse it – shows that even as the coalition state government voices the demand for piecemeal withdrawal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from J&K, it simultaneously seeks legal sanctity to the “police raj” that operates in J&K.

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