Army chief General V K Singh today said army personnel needed “certain legal protection” in “awkward” situations and it was up to the government on how it should be provided.
“We are not against the people or democracy. When you employ the army for situations which are awkward… where they have to face well-armed, well-trained terrorists, they require a certain amount of legal protection. How that it is done, we leave it to the Central government,” Singh said when asked about the move to dilute certain sections of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
General Singh said, “We can’t let our people get hauled to court… we cannot have our people being subjected to all kinds of allegation.
“Wherever the army is operating, it is operating with its hands tied. We have impose on ourselves certain restriction because we are operating against our own people