Shinde rules out white paper on internal security

Modi accused of making political speech

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has snubbed Chief Minister Narendra Modi by rejecting his demand for a “white paper” on internal security.

Shinde also accused Modi of making a “political speech” by raking up Maoist sympathiser Binayak Sen’s appointment as a member of a PlanningCommission committe during the CMs’ conference on internal security on June 5.

"Modi is chief minister for nine years. He has been attending it (conference of internal security) every year. He should understand the gravity of Maoism as he is just on the border of Maharashtra (which is affected by Maoism). I don't think any white paper is required on it," Shinde told reporters during his monthly press conference at Shastri Bhavan. “On many occasions we have to take leftist view”, is how Shinde reacted to Modi’s charge of  the Congress-led UPA giving shelter to Maoist sympathisers in government bodies.

Shinde described the Maoist attack of May 25, killing 27 people in a landmine blast in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, as that of “terrorists”. He said Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who was killed in the attack, had been stabbed 75 times and shot repeatedly.

Congress leader V C Shukla, who was shot three times, succumbed to his wounds in a Gurgaon hospital Tuesday, taking the toll to 27.

"Is it not terror? It is a terror act," he said But, the resolution passed after the all-party meeting held on Monday at Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Race Course Road was, surprisingly, silent on it.

"We have got two-pronged action directive from the all-party meeting that we should go ahead with the development work and at the same time we should take stringent action against them. Both Central and state security forces will work together (in tackling the menace)," Shinde said when asked about the outcome of all-party meeting on Maoism.

On allegations of involvement of some Congress leaders in the attack, he said, "When enquiry is going on, anybody can make allegations. As and when the investigation is completed, it will be known."The MHA was trying to make arrangements to deploy an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in areas close to Chhattisgarh to gather intelligence on the Maoists. Right now they fly from Begumpet in Andhra Pradesh.

On AFSPA

On repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) as sought by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at the meeting, the home minister said he would contact stakeholder states, which includes some regions of the North-East, before taking a final call.

In his speech at the security meet, Abdullah had asked to roll out a mechanism that will ultimately lead to the withdrawal AFSPA from the state, which is required since iolence was at an all-time low since last 25 years of terrorism in the Valley.

"I have been consistently advocating the phased withdrawal of AFPSA from the state, in the beginning, from the areas which have been free from militancy for quite some time," he said in his speech. To buttress his argument, he even cited the suggestion of removing the  AFSPA from the state by working groups set up by the prime minister and  interlocutors.

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