MHA inquires into Asthana’s book

Former chief of CRPF in the Valley of Kashmir, NC Asthana, whose personal opinions on the condition in Kashmir were welcomed by Hurriyat, said the Kashmiris had a strong anti-India sentiment and did not trust the Indian administration.

He said this in an interview to the weekly Tehelka. In the interview about his book, “India’s Internal Security: The Actual Concerns”, Asthana said that voter turnouts and prospering tourism in Kashmir should not be interpreted as reposition of the people’s trust in India and a sign of normalcy. Asthana is currently the IG of the anti-Naxal unit CoBRA. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is inquiring into the matter and will take action against him if required. Asthana said, “According to the All India Services Rule number 6, no permission is required and we have to only give a declaration in the book that the views expressed are our own”.