SC verdict on SPOs setback to security: BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 18:08
  
New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday termed as a "setback to national security" the Supreme Court judgement on Naxalism, that restrained the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre from appointing and arming tribals as Special Police Officers.

"While the BJP is studying the Supreme Court judgement on Naxalism, it is a setback to national security," said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain.

Hussain said, "Naxalism is a big threat to national security and the morale of Naxals was high, of late. The nation is worried over Naxalism and terrorism."

The BJP leader said, "Naxals were not just against the state government, but against India as a whole. They just had their headquarters based in Chhattisgarh, as it suited them geographically."

The apex court had yesterday restrained the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre from appointing tribals as Special Police Officers and arming them to counter Maoists, and termed the step of appointing tribal youths as SPOs as "unconstitutional".

Hussain said the government is fighting a battle against them in six states in cooperation with the state governments and there was no politics played on the issue of Naxalism.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 18:08


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