CPI(M) says UPA govt soft on terorism, no need for new law

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New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) Even while criticising the UPA government for being ''soft, weak and inefficient'' in handling terrorism, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said there was no need for a separate ''draconian'' law to deal with the menace.

Interacting with the Indian Women Press Corps, Mr Karat also expressed concern over the alienation of Muslim community in view of the discrimination and targeted attacks on them in the name of terrorism.

The CPI(M) leader said the charge against the UPA government of being soft on terror was not political but there was genuine concern as starting from first blasts in October 2005 in which a number of explosions in various cities have occurred and the goverment intelligence network has failed to uncover the network of militants responsible for them.

Holding weakness in intelligence and security set up and inefficient handling of the situation by the government being responsible for increase in terror, he emphasised the need for revamping them and improving coordination between various agencies and central and state governments.

However, Mr Karat pointed out that terrorism could not be contained by separate laws as the experience with TADA and POTA have revealed. Such draconian laws give unlimited power to police for preventive detention which misuse them against innocent people.

Moreover, police investigating terror incidents indiscriminately round up Muslim youths most of whom are released but many were unjustly targeted. It is creating anger and insecurity among Muslims and alientating them as is being witnessed in Jamia Nagar where recent police encounter occurred, he said.

Expressing shock over attacks on Minorities in Kandhamal in Orissa, Mr Karat said such attacks must be stopped preventively. He said there was no such communal problem in Kerala except VHP and National Development Front creating some confusion.

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