Chhattisgarh approves ordinance absorbing SPOs in police

July 28th, 2011 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS  

Raipur, July 27 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh cabinet Wednesday approved an ordinance to absorb the special police officers (SPOs) posted in Maoist areas into the regular police force.

Briefing about the cabinet meet to reporters, the official spokesperson said that state government has approved Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Armed Police Force Ordinance, 2011, to raise an auxiliary armed police force battalion to absorb the SPOs in the regular force.

“The ordinance will now be sent to Governor Shekhar Dutt for his approval. Since the governor would formally issue the ordinance, the details of the clauses can’t be revealed,” the spokesperson added.

The SPOs, who get Rs.3,000 per month as remuneration, are not the part of regular police force and their use in anti-Maoist drive was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled early this month.

Chhattisgarh has roughly 5,000 SPOs. Rights activists allege that the state government had armed these “non-state actors with AK-47s to kill its own citizens”.

In its order July 5, the Supreme Court pulled up the state government and said the practice of using tribals as SPOs in the fight against Maoists must stop immediately. The court said the use of ill-trained and unqualified tribals as SPOs was against the moral and constitutional mandate of the government.

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