Wednesday, July 6, 2011

bjp questions sc salwa judum ruling

6 July 2011


From Our Delhi Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Janata Party on Wednesday put a question mark on the Supreme Court's ruling to disband and disarm Chhattisgarh's brigade of tribals fighting the naxalites and maoists under the Salwa Judum movement as "a setback to the national security."

Party spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here that the party is studying the judgement which has struck down appointment of the tribal youths as SPOs (special police officers) to fight the Naxalites as "unconstitutional."

He pointed out that the local tribals had started the Salwa Judum movement back in 1991 to take on the ultra-left youths who had infiltrated in their forests and they were officially supported by the Chhattisgarh Government only after the BJP came to power in the state. Even the Congress, the main opposition in the state, has been backing the movement, he affirmed.

Hussain said the SPOs were armed and deputed in various Maoist-hit areas of Chhattigarh on the same lines on which the SPOs were appointed in Jammu and Kashmir to fight the militants. There should be nothing wrong in the government taking cooperation of the people to fight the menace of militants and Maoists and as such the Supreme Court judgement has come as a setback in this fight, he added.


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