Civilian construction near Army camps a problem: Sitharaman


    Jammu: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the construction of civilian houses adjacent to Army camps “with permission” from authorities is a problem.

    “Civil constructions are taking place near the boundary walls (of Army camps across the country) and it is getting difficult to remove these constructions because these are taking place with permission,” she told reporters yesterday.

    “I am studying the scenario in the entire country and will definitely come out with a solution.”

    Sitharaman was in Jammu yesterday to visit the people injured in Saturday’s attack on an Army camp in Sunjuwan by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists based across the border.

    Seven people, including five soldiers, were killed in the attack. Three militants were also killed in Army retaliation.

    Asked about her stand on Jammu and Kashmir government’s amnesty for stone-pelters, she said, “I think first-time offenders were given amnesty and I am aware of that”.