Modi slams UPA govt for rejecting GUJCOC

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Narendra Modi
New Delhi, Aug 17: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Aug 17 accused the Congress-led UPA government for rejecting the anti-terror bill proposed by his state.

Referring to the Centre rejecting his government's Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Act, he said, "When it comes to dealing with terrorists, we must draw a clear line between those who are on their side and those who are on the side of society,"

He said, "...I fail to understand why the central government should oppose provisions which are already part of the similar Acts in Karnataka and Maharashtra."

Making a strong case for the proposed law, Modi said, "The need for such a legislation was not only for punishing the 'perpetrators of terrorism' but also to prevent educated youth from being drawn into terrorist ideology."

"Even the so-called liberal democracies and proclaimed upholders of human rights like USA, Canada, Australia etc have enacted laws having more stringent provisions than the proposed GUJCOC Act, he added.

"Though I am of firm opinion that no such procedure of 'first in first out' need be followed in such cases, yet I would urge the Central Government to at least de-link the cases of such convicted persons who are involved in offences relating to anti-national, terrorist and subversive activities," he said.

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