Tarigami: Where are 400 de-radicalisation camps?

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/19/2020 4:24:01 PM

JAMMU, Jan 18: Reacting to Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat's statement on de-radicalisation camps operating in the country, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday asked Central government to come clear where these camps were operating.
It's shocking to hear such comments. What general said goes beyond his brief and BJP government must clear its stand on this issue.
Operating such camps is illegal and unconstitutional and government of India must answer where the 400 camps, as stated by general, are operating. De-radicalisation camps are completely un-Indian and the assumption that they are needed for a certain age group in one area of the country is clearly a fantasy. Radicalisation should not be associated with just one religion. The fact is that radicalisation is taking place in other religions too.
There are already lot of jails, camps and police stations in Kashmir, why you need more concentration camps? If at all there is radiclisation in Kashmir, it is because of disillusionment. Whatever unilateral decisions were taken by the Center on August 5 is bound to increase disillusionment.
Instead of taking confidence-building-measures, they are talking about taking boys as young as 10 and 12 years to these camps which is unfortunate.
The prevailing crisis in Kashmir needs a political response and not deradicalization camps. Even thinking of a deradicalization camp is a dangerous precedent and is not compatible with the Republican setup.



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