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Tame Red terror with iron hand

With reference to the news report ‘Red terror in Bastar: 17 killed’ (May 26), the unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call to the government. It seems that adequate steps against insurgents and terrorists are not being taken by the government. Some politicians call the Maoists their friends, others term them as misguided youth and certain NGOs support their cause though their killings of innocents are anti-people and anti-national.

To effectively counter these anti-national elements, we must have a sound policy and stern laws. In the same area, more than 70 security personnel were killed last year. Before such an important movement of prominent personalities, the area should have been thoroughly combed making it free of insurgents. It indicates a serious lapse on the part of security personnel. Also, the intelligence agencies failed to forewarn of their impending attack. The need of the hour is to make a strict anti-insurgent law and modernise the security forces and intelligence agencies.

S C VAID, Greater Noida

Take stern action

The attack on innocent Congress partymen necessitates stern action against the Maoists. Sadly, the government is itself to blame for the attack as it has, over the years, failed to take steps to root out this menace. The demand from certain quarters to deploy army troops in Maoists-infected areas to suppress them has never been fulfilled by the government. If the army could be deployed for flushing out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984, why cannot the same is done to wipe out Maoists? Moreover, para-military forces are neither well-equipped nor trained to meet such exigencies.


Soft attitude

Why is India so soft on crime and criminals? It is the result of this soft attitude towards the menace of Maoists that we are facing bloodbaths of innocent souls. Though the Central and state government have the resources to take the bull by the horns, they have failed to wipe out the menace. We doubt we are living in a safe country.


Security lapses

The Saturday ambush of Maoists on the convoy of Congress leaders is one of the most heinous and dastardly acts of the Red brigade, which must be condemned by all. It has not only exposed our serious security lapses but also established that the insurgents can strike at will. So, they should be eliminated so that such dastardly acts are not repeated.

DR PURAN SINGH, Chandigarh

AFSPA revocation

Apropos of the news items ‘Army opposing AFSPA revocation, says Omar’ (May 23) and ‘Difficult neighbourhood poses multiple security challenges: PM’ (May 24), both items contradict each other. What Omar Abdullah said must have appeased Pakistan. What Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said appears to have undermined Omar's credibility. When you have an evil neighbour like Pakistan, you must take the harshest steps to defeat its evil designs. Establishing the Indian National Defence University is the need of the hour.

I fail to understand why the J&K Chief Minister doesn't see things the way the PM sees? Why does he keep on asking for the withdrawal of security forces from the state? Judging by the ground realities, he couldn't be more wrong.


Parking woes

The parking contractor at the Ambala City courts is only interested in collecting parking fee and thereafter does not care for the vehicles at all. The vehicles are parked haphazardly by commuters, as there is no one to direct them. The vehicle number is never written on the parking ticket by him. The contractor never bothers to check the vehicles moving out of the parking lot and anyone can walk off with your vehicle. The contractor’s attitude is rude and far from satisfactory. Will the authorities concerned at the district court look into the matter?

SK MALHOTRA, Ambala City

IPL mess

Apropos the editorial ‘Sleaze in IPL’ (May 17), cricket, controversy and corruption have become synonymous in India. The game of glorious uncertainties has been underminded by the lure of lucre and insidious means. And the IPL has just been reduced to a ‘tamasha’.

Spot-fixing and match-fixing have sullied the reputation of the much-vaunted league in which the aim of players, owners and organisers is only to make money.

A reputation, once broken, may possibly be repaired, but the people will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. Obviously, the game is not being played fairly and squarely.

The arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players has shaken the faith of the spectators and observers once again. Players are earning crores of rupees from the game, but their insatiable greed for money is propelling them to adopt dubious means to amass wealth, believing in the proverb, “Make hay while the sun shines”.

It is high time that such scandals are declared to be treason and the guilty are meted out the same treatment which is prescribed for such acts of omission and commission. The BCCI ought to be brought under the purview of the RTI. Spot-fixing needs to be taken seriously by all involved with the IPL. They should act in concert to uproot the sleaze, to convince the cricket-lovers that the culprits won’t be allowed to go scot-free.

Tarsem S Bumrah, Batala

Punish real culprits

The courts have started taking cognizance and are concerned about the increasing number of false rape cases. This reminds me of an old story where a man was habitual of telling lies. One day, when he was really caught in a problem and asked for help, no one believed him and thought that he was telling a lie as usual. Similar is the situation with rape laws and dowry laws.

With the increasing number of false and frivolous cases, even the real victims are unable to get justice. Innocents are being punished and the real culprits go scot-free. To some extent, our police and judicial systems are also responsible for this. A thorough inquiry and investigation in such cases is required by professional police personnel, who understand the values of human lives. Moreover, good lawyers and advocates are needed so that justice is delivered and only the real culprits are punished, not innocents.




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