Dikshit advocates more stringent anti-terror law

September 17th, 2008 - 11:26 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi , Sept 17 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has advocated the need for “most stringent” laws to deal with terror-related crimes in the wake of recent serial blasts in the national capital.

I am in favour of most stringent laws to deal with such kind of things (terror acts)…The law should be such that they become deterrent, Dikshit told reporters after a meeting with city traders in New Delhi .

She said it is for the Parliament and the Central Government to decide on the content of the legislation.

Earlier on Sunday, Dikshit had also raised similar views.

She had then said even though she had no role in police or security management of the city, she would voice the concerns of people.

These comments from Dikshit came just a day after Administrative Reforms Commission felt that existing laws were not enough to deal with the menace and recommended a comprehensive anti-terror law in contrast with the Central government’’s view.

On the other hand, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has been of the view that the existing laws were adequate to deal with terrorism and crimes having inter-state links.

After reviewing the security scenario in the city at a Cabinet Meeting of the Delhi government on Tuesday, Dikshit had said it has decided to intensively involve RWAs and market associations to create awareness about terrorism.

Five bombs exploded in quick succession in crowded markets and busy streets in the Indian capital on Saturday killing at least 22 people and injuring nearly 100 others.

Police have named two Muslim suspects and released sketches of three men.

The Indian Mujahideen militant group claiming responsibility for several major bombings in recent months says it is avenging atrocities against Muslims in India .

The last major attack to hit the capital was in 2005, when 66 people were killed as three bombs exploded in busy markets, just ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali. (ANI)

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