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No need for separate notice on UAPA: WB Home secretary

Posted by Admin on October 9, 2009

;Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, 8 OCT: The state government today maintained that there is no need for issuing a separate notification for the Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Act by the state, arguing that it is a Central Act applicable across the country. Senior state government officials and police blamed the lack of awareness among the government counsels for the gaffe, a day after the additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM), Jhargram remanded Mr Chhatradhar Mahato, charged under UAPA, to only three days of custody instead of 18 days, as initially asked by the police. Mr Mahato’s lawyer had argued that the state was yet to notify the act.

The state home secretary, Mr Ardhendu Sen said: "There is no requirement to issue a separate notification banning any organisation since the Central Act extends to the whole of the country.”

The director general of police, Mr Bhupinder Singh pointed out that the act was originally enacted in 1967 and there has been only a recent amendment.

The DG said: "The order did not mention these issues. Let those people who are opposing our move to charge Mr Chhatradhar Mahato under UAPA go to High Court and get this quashed.” A person charged under this act is liable to get lifetime punishment and fine. Mr Sen went on to add that the state need not set up a committee before booking any accused under the act."The Centre will form a review committee to decide how long the ban would be in place in regard to any particular organisation," said Mr Sen. When asked whether organisations like Lalgarh Sanhati Mancha, Bandi Mukti Committee had links with Maoists, Mr Sen said that they have got evidence against some of these organisations. These organisations including the People’s Committee against Police Attrocities (PCPA) are not banned but still they are liable to be prosecuted under the UAPA because of their links with the Maoists. The home secretary also said there is no need to call in the Army to fight the Maoists. The state police has proposed to the state government to provide risk allowance to personnel working in Left Wing Extremists area. The Statesman

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