MPs want effective mechanism to combat terrorism

MPs want effective mechanism to combat terrorism

New Delhi: Members in Rajya Sabha on Monday demanded effective mechanisms to combat terrorism and favoured widespread police reforms and development policy to check extremism and prevent infiltration.
Participating in a discussion on the working of the Home Ministry, H K Dua (Nom) said the country is not prepared for terror strikes as is evident from 2008 Mumbai attacks which left 168 people dead and unmasked security agencies` failure and lack of vigil as attackers sailed in rubber boats.

“No state can fight terrorism alone and there is need for a Centre for Combating Terrorism but Chief Ministers are opposed to the idea,” Dua said and questioned, “Will the Home Minister call a meeting of chief ministers on this and set up an authority like NCTC?”

Advocating widespread police reforms, Dua said it was unfortunate that the recommendations of Dharam Vira Commission`s was yet to be implemented. This is despite former BSF chief Prakash Singh asking for its implementation in Supreme Court.

He said there is a need to break the “nexus” between state chief ministers and Directors General of Police as every CM posts a DGP of his choice and the tenure of DGP should be for a fixed term. Also, special appointment board should be in place for such appointments, he said.

He demanded development schemes in tribal areas to check extremism.

Sanjay Raut (SS) said separatist and anti-national bodies like SIMI had posed a major threat to the nation`s safety and security.

Stressing the need to curb infiltrators from Bangladesh, he said as per 2001 census four crore Bangladeshi were residing in India and were responsible for demographic changes in districts of Assam and West Bengal.

Demanding immediate action for their deporting, Raut said Ajit Doval had himself said one lakh such infiltrators took refuge here every year.

He demanded steps to check atrocities on Marathi-speaking people in areas adjacent to Karnataka.

Ashwani Kumar (Cong) expressed concern over rising
incidents of violence against women and children in the country and urged the government to take strong steps to check such crimes.

He said another issue of major concern was the spread of drugs culture among youth in Punjab where every seven out of 10 youth were into some kind of addiction.

Kumar also raised the issue of riots in Uttar Pradesh and other states in the country saying “is it just a coincidence that 300 riots have taken place in 12 seats from where BJP candidates have won.”

Dilipbhai Pandya (BJP) said there was need to implement the Uniform Civil Code in the country as it will help in ensuring equal rights for women in the society.

He said its implementation would also help in getting equal status for women in Jammu and Kashmir as they do not get any right in parental property.

He welcomed move to deploy National Security Guard troops in Gujarat saying the state shares borders with Pakistan.

K C Tyagi (JD-U) said the job of Governor is not honourable anymore as there have been instances where people facing corruption charges have been given the post.

Speaking on issue of poverty, he said in some cases, the lives of pet dogs of rich people was much better than those of poor people in the country.



Don`t waste police force in ceremonial duties: HC

Don`t waste police force in ceremonial duties: HC

Nagpur: A division bench of Bombay High Court here has said that the police force should not be “wasted on futile ceremonial and protocol duties” in view of the rising crime and violence in the society.

The high court`s observations came following a criminal writ petition filed by one Sneha Mankar, who alleged delay in the investigation regarding kidnapping of her son last December.

Last week, the High Court had summoned Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Amitabh Rajan to explain the delay in the case.

While the DGP was personally present, Rajan filed an affidavit through government pleader Nitin Sambre explaining that the delay was due to the staff crunch in the police department.

A division bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Z A Haq yesterday came down heavily on the practices like `Guard of Honour` to all the constitutional functionaries, including judges of superior courts.

“This relic of yesteryears needs to be dispensed with and there is no point in stretching the police force to undertake such duties at the cost of crime investigation and maintaining law and order,” the high court observed.

The high court also directed the authorities to ensure that protocol duties are minimised and the police force is used for investigation and other key policing tasks which are lagging behind.

It also asked that the ceremonial guard of honour should be accorded only at the district headquarters, where a large number of personnel are present at any given point of time.



Police reforms: SC imposes Rs 5 lakh cost on Maharashtra govt

Police reforms: SC imposes Rs 5 lakh cost on Maharashtra govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday imposed an exemplary cost of Rs five lakh on Maharashtra government for delay in filing its affidavit relating to compliance of apex court`s directions on police reforms and constituting State Security Commission(SSC).
The apex court said some of the state governments are taking its directions “very lightly” and it has become a habit for them to file affidavits late.

It said there was a direction for Chief Secretaries of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa to file affidavits by May 3 in this matter.

“Maharashtra government filed the affidavit today and its counsel has given different explanation and submission for delay in filing the affidavit and non-compliance of its directions by bureaucrats. For this delay in filing affidavit, we are imposing a cost of Rs five lakh,” a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi, Ranjana Prakash Desai and Sharad Arvind Bobde said.

The court directed that the amount has to be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within four weeks.

The court made it clear that it was not for state governments to extend the time of filing affidavits suo motu.



Delhi Police’s Aizawl in Manipur howler, then correction

Delhi Police’s Aizawl in Manipur howler, then correction

New Delhi: Delhi Police were left red-faced Friday after issuing a press release over the murder of a woman in which it was mentioned that she hailed from Aizawl and said the town was part of Manipur.

However, 20 minutes later, the police rectified its mistake and issued a fresh press release stating that Aizawl was in Mizoram, not Manipur.

In its first release, the police said: “We got information at about 11 p.m. yesterday from the Safdarjung Hospital that a woman had been brought dead. She has been identified as Juliet, 27, resident of Aizawl, Manipur. She worked in a company in Gurgaon.”

Delhi Police then issued a new release: “Kripya Manipur ki Jagah Mizoram padha jaye (read it as Mizoram in place of Manipur).”

Juliet Zonunmawi, a call centre employee was murdered in her Munirka area home of south Delhi Thursday late night. Her body was taken to the Safdurjung Hospital by her male friend who is believed to be her live-in partner.



Road rage case: Assaulted ACP likely to be discharged on Saturday

Road rage case: Assaulted ACP likely to be discharged on Saturday

New Delhi: The senior Delhi Police official who was allegedly assaulted in a case of road rage in south Delhi on Thursday is recuperating from his injures at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and is likely to be discharged on Saturday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Amit Singh had suffered a fracture in his nose when three persons, including a juvenile and his mother attacked him when he tried to intervene in a fight between his driver and them as the car driven by the minor had hit Singh’s official vehicle.

The trio was apprehended by the police after the attack while Singh was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre from where he was later shifted to AIIMS.

“Amit Singh’s condition is stable. He was brought to the AIIMS Trauma Centre yesterday evening. He had minor injuries on his head and face including a fracture on the nasal bone which is not life threatening. He is recuperating at the department of ENT at main AIIMS. He is likely to be discharged tomorrow,” said AIIMS spokesperson Amit Gupta.

The 17-year-old juvenile has been sent to a remand home after he was produced before a Juvenile Justice Board. Rajni, the minor’s mother and her live in partner Yogesh were arrested on charges of attempt to murder, assault, obstructing public servant in discharge of duty etc. Yogesh had prior criminal record as well.

The duo was produced in Saket Court today after which they have been send to 14 days judicial custody.

Yogesh and Rajni were following the juvenile who was driving the Swift car on a motorcycle. They were returning home after meeting a relative in Nizamuddin area last evening when the incident took place.

Police said the accused couple own a business of tyres and are residents of south Delhi’s Greater Kailash area. The minor boy was a student of class 11 and was Rajni’s son from her first marriage. The mother-son duo had been living together since the last five years.

The incident took place yesterday evening when ACP Amit Singh, who was posted with the Special Cell, was on his way to his office in Lodhi colony in an unmarked car without a beacon. He only had his driver with him and was in plain clothes.

A Swift car, which was driven by the juvenile had hit Singh’s Innova car around 4:30 PM near Lodhi crematorium following which his driver had a verbal altercation with the minor.

Amid the verbal duel, a Yogesh and a Rajni on a bike arrived at the spot and started hitting the driver. When Singh tried to intervene, the man hit him on his head with the helmet from behind first and then punched him on his face several times, police said.

Police said that Yogesh was wearing “metallic punch” and had hit Singh hard on his face while the woman and the juvenile also rained blows on him. ¬†