Orissa police debates on UAPA, NIA chief to attend workshop

Last Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 22:11

Bhubaneswar: Finding Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act, 2006, as a major tool to effectively combat
naxal menace, Orissa police today began a two-day brain
storming session of senior cops engaged in anti-maoist
operations in the state.

The workshop on UAPA, the first of its kind in the
state, was attended by 25 field level police personnel from
different Maoist-hit districts.

"We are sensitising police officers on how to move
without fault and modalities of implementing the UAPA so that
the accused persons cannot easily get acquittal from the court
of law," a senior police officer said.

The workshop will be addressed by the senior officers
of crime investigation department, prosecutors, forensic
scientists, bomb experts as well as an officials from N I A
national investigating agency). NIA DGP is also scheduled to
have a brief interaction with the participants tomorrow, said
inspector general of police, crime branch, Abhaya.

As the law was implemented against red rebels late in
2008, the police officials need to be properly sensitised, he
said.

While only two cases were registered under UAPA in
2008, the number increased to 18 in 2009 while 94 such cases
had been made in 2010.

The state police, sources said had already invoked
provision of the UAPA against prominent maoist leaders like
Srinivasalu Sriramlu, Ganti Prasad, Asutosh Sen, Padma (wife
of Ramakrishna) and Subhasree Panda (wife of Sabyasachi
Panda).

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 22:11
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