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It’s funny, there’s no Act now...
Probably there’s no other country in the world, which has faced such a severe onslaught of terrorism and yet finds itself lacking tough laws to combat this menace. NDA Government’s POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) was brought in effect through an ordinance, but the UPA, to prove its secular credentials, revoked the powerful law, arguably only to handicap the police in convicting terrorists. Though POTA’s efficacy can be questioned, the fact is that the absence of a sensible Act has helped terrorists to continue with their work knowing well that even if they get caught, there were high chances of their getting spared (For example, it is nothing less than ridiculous that state police still needs permission to cross the state border while chasing down terrorists), one reason why ‘encounter killings’ by the police increased.
State police forces, barring those in J&K, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab, are no match for organised terrorist groups, more because of the lack of structured powers than because of lack of ammunition. Unless the government shows resolve, the battle is surely not going to be won on the streets...
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