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Make confession before police admissible

Having been associated with criminal justice system for more than fifty years, I am of the view that the Central Government has taken a right decision to establish National Investigating Agency to fight terrorism. The recent amendments made in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act are steps in the right direction and do not infringe upon the fundamental rights of Indian citizens.

However, it has overlooked an important point. To prove an offence, witnesses are required and no common man steps forward to be a witness even in ordinary crimes, what to speak of heinous crimes like terror. In such a situation what is needed is a pragmatic approach to deal with terror related crimes.

The government hesitation not to include a provision regarding the admissibility of a confession before a police officer (not below the rank of Superintendent of Police) is beyond comprehension. It appears that the government has no faith in senior police officers. Some safeguards can be built in to avoid misuse.


Former Additional Advocate, General, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla

Right stand

All the three editorials ‘‘More power for centre’’ (Dec 17), “Is Pakistan serious?” (Dec16) and “Duplicity won’t do” (Dec 15) prove that The Tribune is wholly dedicated to terror-free world peace more so in times when the Indian democracy, secularism, national security is on test.

There have been wars, crusades and revolutions. Karl Marx emphasised class war between the haves and have-nots. He talked of feudalism, capitalism, imperialism, socialism and communism. But some how, even he forgot to mention terrorism, the most explosive ideology of present times. India is bearing its brunt currently.

Actually, the entire world is terror ridden and terrorism must be tackled at international level. Terrorism is stateless, headless, senseless, irreligious and directionless. It is a blind and mad force.

The sole surviving terrorist Ajmal has exposed Pakistan as a terrorist haven. Pakistan cannot escape its responsibility and has to take action against Jihadis who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. Muslims, world over have condemned terrorism.

Terrorists cannot be tolerated any longer. India is united against terrorism. National investigation Agency has been set up. Soon terrorists will be isolated and humanism will replace terrorism.

PROF HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat (Jhajjar)

Polarised views

The two enlightening articles, one by Prem Prakash “ It is the army that owns Pakistan” (Dec 16) and the other by Rajindar Sachar “Tackling terrorism” (Dec 19), make contrasting observations.

While Prem Prakash tries to prove the futility of people to people contact, such as candle march, PM’s bus ride and other “feel good” exercises between the two countries, Rajindar Sachar supports such gestures and is averse to hard measures against our neighbours.

If the country’s intelligentsia and think-tank have such diametrically opposite views on such a sensitive issue, the people in general are bound to be confused. By and large, people ought to endorse Prem Prakash’s stand for ultimately it is the people, who bear the brunt of all actions.


Security cover

The editorial, “Security mania” (Dec 19) was elaborative and thought provoking. The Tribune has been doing yeoman’s service by calling spade a spade. Articles on various topics concerning the nation awaken the government and the people.

Undoubtedly security cover has become a status symbol for the politicians. With the increase of security personnel, the status of political leader is “elevated”. The leaders both in the central and state governments are always eager to increase their security personnel to show their clout and power.

Besides, they are busy creating more and more states with more and more districts to adjust leaders and bureaucrats at plum posts and burdening the nation’s exchequer at the cost of the people. Health and education are the two main aspects of the development of the nation, but the same are least promoted.

They should note that their increased security would not lessen their vulnerability to attacks. They should rather create fearless atmosphere in the country. There is a proverb, “As the King so are the subjects.” The politicians should work to root out corruption and inflation.

DP JINDAL, Mandi Gobindgarh 

Prevent city lakes from dying 

The fifty-year-old Sukhna Lake, the glory of Chandigarh, is on its deathbed because of serious flaws in its water and silt management. The U.T. Administration has no agenda for fixing the water share of this lake, which may become extinct in the near future for want of water.

The silt problem is even more serious. Right from its inception, huge quantity of silt has been entering the lake every year. The UT has never thought of preventing the entry of unwanted silt into the lake. This could be easily done at a cost not exceeding Rs 1 crore. Instead, it has now prepared a scheme for removing silt at a cost of over Rs 50 crore.

The water management of the newly constructed lake in Sector-42 is equally unsatisfactory and is filled with tubewell water, a very expensive affair. Even its bed is not seepage-proof and the entire water put in it is lost in about a month’s time. Spreading a layer of city garbage — rich in polythene waste — and covering it with compacted soil can prevent the seepage.

The U.T. Administration spends crores on the beautification of these two lakes in the hope of earning revenue from tourists. But what will happen if there is no water in the lakes?

Former Engineer- in- Chief 
Irrigation Dept., Haryana, Panchkula



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