BJP welcomes UPOCCA, demands SIMI under its purview

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Varanasi, Nov 1 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today welcomed the tabling of the Uttar Pradesh Organised Crime Control Act (UPOCCA) in the State Assembly to uproot organised crime and demanded that organisations like SIMI, involved in terrorist activities, should also be brought under its purview.

''We would always welcome the good work of the Mayawati government and oppose anti-people acts,'' member of the party in the state legislature and former state minister Om Prakash Singh told a news conference here.

He, however, noted that the Act should be implemented honestly and without any political prejudice.

''Organisations like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) ought to be brought under its purview as terrorism was posing a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, Mr Singh said.

Taking a cue from the existing law against organised crimes in other states and similar to that of MOACCA of Maharastra, the BSP government had yesterday initiated the process for a similar law by tabling the bill (UPOCCA) in the State Assembly, which proposes capital punishment for offenders.

The bill would enable the state to counter organised crime which would cover the entire gamut of group crime activities from Terrorism to kidnapping, money laundering, sale of spurious drugs, illegal possession of land, use of violence in getting contracts, indulgence in violence to destablise the government.

The BJP leader further demanded an immediate ban on the sale of ''True Ramayan''and its hindi version ''Sachchi Ramayan'', and said if UP Chief Minister Mayawati did not impose a ban on its sale, it would be presumed that she was in favour of the book, which was openly being sold in BSP rallies.

''In 'Sachchi Ramayan', Lord Ram and other characters have been described as deceivers, cheaters and meat eaters, which Hindus would not tolerate and would launch a countrywide movement and burn its copies, if it is not banned,'' he said.

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