Government to decide soon on review of SPO order

August 3rd, 2011 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The government will soon decide if a review of the crucial Supreme Court order on disarming anti-Maoist Special Police Officers (SPOs) was needed, Home Minister P. Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

During question hour, Chidambaram said the government was examining the ruling on disbanding Salwa Judum, the civil militia created to fight Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

Many state governments, including in Jammu and Kashmir, have created SPOs — who are not regular police personnel — to fight rebels.

Chidambaram said the “very elaborate Supreme Court ruling” had directions where SPOs could be engaged and where they could not.

“This judgment has far reaching implications. We have to approach this matter with due caution and care. We will take a decision (on it) in the next few days,” he told the house.

Chidambaram said the Chhattisgarh government had already promulgated an ordinance to absorb the SPOs into the regular police force.

“A direction has also been given by the Supreme Court to the central government to cease and desist, forthwith, from using any of its funds in supporting, directly or indirectly, the recruitment of SPOs by the state governments for operations against the naxalites,” the home minister said.

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