Dont' be soft on terror: Khanduri to Centre

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New Delhi, Oct 13 (UNI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri today asked the Centre to immediately enact a POTA-like law and provide all institutional and infrastructural support to the State governments to implements laws to deal with ''hydra-headed'' terrorism.

''Softness in dealing with terrorists in any part of the country would ultimately endanger society and nation as a whole,'' he told a National Intergration Council meeting here.

Though Uttarakhand had been successful in containing terrorism and communalism, he said, the State faced problems of a different nature.

Sharing international border with China and Nepal, it had a large population of ethnic Nepalese and Tibetans.

''The open porous border can be used by organisations inimical to India to infiltrate and set up camps in the uninhabited and remote forest areas on the one hand, and to carry out the business of fake currency notes, and drug and gun running on the other,'' he added.

''A policy needed to be evolved that addressed the security concerns of Uttarakhand,'' he said and sought liberal Central funds to strengthen transport, communication and security network along the border.

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