Chouhan to meet PM on anti-terrorism bill

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Bhopal, May 21 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon to impress upon the latter about the need for granting Centre's prior approval for a new legislation to check terrorism, disruptive activities and other organised crimes.

''The Prime Minister will be urged to take a decision on the draft of Madhya Pradesh Atankvadi Evam Uchhedak Gatividhiyan Tatha Sangathit Apradh Niyantran Vidheyak, 2007. The draft bill was sent to the Centre in December last year,'' he told reporters here after laying the foundation stone for the Rs 18.77 crore new building to house the police headquarters on the bank of the lower lake adjoining the present PHq.

''It is unfortunate that the Centre had not yet given its approval for the proposed stringent legislation to deal effectively with terrorism and other organised crimes,'' he said, adding the government was maintaining a strict vigil to check terrorist activities.

The government had succeeded in destroying the network of banned Students Islamic Movement of India after arresting its key activists in the state, he added.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister administered a pledge to police officials and other civilians to unitedly fight against terrorism and to maintain peace and communal harmony. He also offered tributes to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated on this day 17 years ago.

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