India to revoke impunity law in parts of Kashmir

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2011 7:10 AM
India to revoke impunity law in parts of Kashmir

Indian authorities plan to partially revoke a controversial law that shields government forces from prosecution in its portion of Kashmir.

Indian Kashmir's top elected official Omar Abdullah told police officers Friday that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act will be withdrawn in the next few days from areas where militancy has ebbed in recent years.

At present, army and paramilitary officers can search homes and make arrests without warrants, shoot at anyone suspected of being a separatist and blow up any building or home.

Activists accuse Indian troops of routinely abusing the extraordinary powers and killing innocent civilians.

Since 1989, more than 68,000 people have died in an armed uprising and subsequent crackdown by Indian forces in Kashmir.