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IS THERE ANY NEED OF AFSPA TODAY?

There is yet another incidence of shoot to kill of civilians in the Kashmir valley two days ago. Two teenaged Kashmiri boys are dead, and two others are in hospital with critical injuries. Soldiers at a checkpoint fired at them without any warning.
The question arises here is Who gave them power to shoot to kill while patrolling in civilian areas without warning. The answer is simple. They will not do it without any background support and our own government is the supporter of killing (even civilian) in any disturbed areas. Government has protected all military personal from prosecution from such incidence by giving them AFSPA. The immunity that the Army gets under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act(AFSPA) gives it the impunity to use what should be the last option first. AFPSA allows soldiers to “fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing of death” against those violating the law; it also says “no prosecution, suit or other legal proceeding shall be instituted, except w…