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SC to hear pleas of 350 Army officers regarding FIRs under AFSPA

The Supreme Court on Friday will hear pleas of over 350 Indian Army soldiers who have said FIRs should not be lodged against them if someone is killed during security operations in states where Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force.

The soldiers have said that cases registered against them would serve to demoralise security personnel – military and para-military, and could make soldiers hesitate during confrontations with terrorists or naxals. They have said in their petition that it is not in the interest of the country to have demoralised security personnel.

Through the petition, the soldiers have also said that registering FIRs against security forces is against the provisions of AFSPA.

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