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Civilian houses adjacent to Army camps' boundary wall a

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Construction of civilian houses adjacent to the boundary wall of camps is a problem across the country, Sitharaman said today.

The was here to visit the people injured in Saturday's terror attack on the camp in Sunjuwan.

"Civil constructions are taking place near the boundary walls (of camps across the country) and it is getting difficult to remove these constructions because these are taking place with permission.

"I am studying the scenario in the entire country and will definitely come out with a solution," she told reporters here.

Asked about her stand on the state government's amnesty for stone pelters, Sitharaman said, "I think first-time offenders were given amnesty and I am aware of that".

On filing of an FIR against an Army major over the killing of three civilians in Shopian last month, she said the case is "sub-judice" and today the in response to the father of the has given a stay of 15 days on the FIR.

"We have to see how it goes and we stand by our proud soldiers. In the call of duty if they have performed something, (it) still has to be contextualised and that is something on which I understand. I am not sure yet, but subject to verification, the defence ministry will respond to the Supreme Court," she said.

Sitharaman assured full support to the Army and said, "The ministry of defence, me as the defence minister, and the under Narendra Modi's leadership will not let anybody down."

"The Army is working under severe duress and we are conscious about it," she said.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 00:30 IST