Anti-terror body is interference in state’s sovereignty: ChouhanFebruary 17th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Feb 17 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday voiced his opposition to the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), terming it an interference in a state’s sovereignty.
Speaking to reporters in the state capital, Chouhan said that he will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded withdrawal of the anti-terror body.
“Law and order comes under state’s jurisdiction. But I regret to say that the central government is interfering in the state’s sovereignty. How can a person accused of terrorism activities be taken into custody by the NCTC without taking the state’s permission?” he questioned.
“It is a danger for India’s federal structure. If we have to fight against terrorism, the state and central government should work together. The central government should immediately take it back,” Chouhan added.
The powerful anti-terror agency, a brainchild of Home Minister P. Chidambaram, will integrate and analyse inputs on terror threats in India. It becomes functional March 1.
It allows central government agencies to make arrests or searches in terrorism-hit states without seeking permission from their governments.
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