`SC order on SPOs needs to be ‘read’ carefully`

Home Minister P Chidambaram, Wednesday, reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court’s order that asked the Centre and Chhattisgarh Governments to desist from arming tribals in the name of SPOs.

Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 14:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram, Wednesday, reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court’s order that asked the Centre and Chhattisgarh Governments to desist from arming tribals in the name of SPOs.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Chidambaram said that he has not yet fully read the judgement but the “judgment has to be read and reflected carefully.”

“I will have to speak with the CMs on what impact it will have on the anti-Maoist operation,” he added.

Chidambaram also pointed out that there has been no incident of terror in past six months in country`s hinterland.

The apex court had criticised the Centre and Chhattisgarh state government for supporting and funding creation of Special Police Officers (SPOs) under various titles like `Koya Commandos` and Salwa Judum, an armed civilian vigilante group, whose numbers have gone up from 3,000 to 6,500 within a year.

It also took strong exception to the alleged use of SPOs and members of Salwa Judum in the attack on Swami Agnivesh in March this year and ordered a CBI inquiry into the incident, dissatisfied with the probe by the Chhattisgarh Government.