De-radicalisation Camps are Illegal, Centre Should Come Clean on Them, Says CPI(M) Leader
Yousuf Tarigami was responding to the January 16 disclosure by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat that de-radicalisation camps are operating in the country as "it was necessary to isolate people who are completely radicalised".
File photo of CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday demanded that the Union government come clear on the de-radicalisation camps operating in India and alleged they were "illegal and unconstitutional".
The central government should make it clear where these camps are operating, said Tarigami, who is here in connection with the three-day CPI(M) central committee meet. He also said that "radicalisation should not be associated just with one religion and the fact is it is taking place in other religions also".
The Marxist leader was responding to the January 16 disclosure by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat that de-radicalisation camps were operating in the country as "it was necessary to isolate people who are completely radicalised".
Rawat had said girls and boys as young as 10 and 12 years are being radicalised in the Valley, which he described as a matter of concern.
"What the General said goes beyond his brief and the BJP government must clear its stand on the issue", said Tarigami, a former MLA from Kulgam, adding it was shocking to hear such comments.
Operating such camps is "illegal and unconstitutional" and the Centre must answer where the 400 camps are operating, he said.
"There are already a lot of jails, camps and police stations in Kashmir. Why do you need more concentration camps? If at all there is radicalisation in Kashmir, it is because of disillusionment," Tarigami said.
He said the de-radicalisation camps were completely "un-Indian" and the assumption that they are needed for a "certain age group in one area of the country was clearly a fantasy".
"Whatever unilateral decisions were taken by the Centre on August 5 (2019) 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," he said.
Tarigami, who was the first politician to meet the press after the abrogation of Article 370, said the prevailing crisis in Kashmir needs a political response and not de-radicalisation camps.
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