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Modi praises HM’s response on terror
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS):
Published on 7 Feb. 2010 11:36 PM IST
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A day after taking a jibe at the Centre over its “helplessness” on price rise, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was on Sunday found complimenting Home Minister P Chidambaram and Home Secretary G K Pillai for their approach in tackling terror. “Response of the Home Secretary and Home Minister is swift and positive whenever there is a demand from the states,” Modi told reporters on the sidelines of the Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security. He said due to the hostile attitude of “our neighbouring country, security is an important issue which needs to be taken seriously.” Asked about the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill, Modi said there are only two ways to deal with security related issues. “Firstly, we need modern weapons and an increased strength of forces. We believe in democracy. We believe in human rights. So, it is also necessary to strengthen the laws.” He said better laws will strengthen the democracy and will also protect human rights. In a recent move, the Home Ministry has recommended to President not to sign the GUJCOC Bill which was passed by the Gujarat Assembly for the fourth time on July 28 last year. The Home Ministry’s objections are primarily related to two provisions in GUJCOC -- admission of confession made before a police officer in a court and a clause that bars grant of bail to a person if the public prosecutor opposes it. Meanwhile, Modi said India need stringent laws to counter cross-border terrorism and criticised the central government for not giving the nod to his state’s proposed anti-terror act. “We need latest technology to strengthen our forces but we also need stringent laws to fight the challenge of terrorism from across the border,” Modi told reporters on the margins of the internal security meeting held here. “India is a democracy and such laws will also protect human rights,” he said. Earlier, in his address to the chief ministers’ conference, Modi said internal security threatened by organised crime and terrorism needed to be confronted with a strong resolve and it should not be limited to physically strengthening the law enforcement mechanism. “Our policy decisions and laws to deal with such issues should have enough teeth. The biggest issue concerning internal security, to my mind, is lack of adequate legal provisions to support our efforts,” he said. Modi’s remarks came in the backdrop of the central government’s refusal to give its nod to the president to sign the controversial Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act (GUJCOCA) passed by the state assembly. Calling the decision of the central government to return the act as “injustice with Gujarat”, Modi said it was only a xerox copy of a similar law in Maharashtra. Modi said the agenda for the conference did not include action taken on deliberations of previous meetings. He said his government was committed to building a mechanism to ensure that all criminal cases in the state were disposed off within 12 months.

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