CPI (M) demands partial withdrawal of AFSPA in Kashmir    

Jammu: Describing the killing of civilians in south Kashmir as highly deplorable , the CPI(M) today demanded “partial withdrawal” of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Valley.

Six people, including two militants, were killed when Army troops opened fire in retaliation after being attacked during vehicle checking outside their camp near Pohan village in Shopian district of south Kashmir last night.

Whatever is the excuse given by the forces in the latest incident killing unarmed and uninvolved civilians, it has no justification. Losing precious human lives is most unfortunate, senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said in a statement here.

He said those who are at the helm of affairs have to answer, how long the blood of civilians will continue to flow in Kashmir?

The killing of civilians are highly deplorable. Unless deterrent action is taken against those, involved in such incidents, these are going to be repeated and this is an unfortunate phenomenon, he said. PTI

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