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Anti-Naxal operation has to be just: SC tells Govt

Anti-Naxal operation has to be just: SC tells Govt

Supreme Court criticised Government for the killings of tribals in Dantewada.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday severely criticised the Union Government for the recent killings of tribals in Dantewada allegedly by security forces in the name of fighting Naxals.

"Should everything ordered in the name of operations? Is there no concern for human or Fundamental Rights? We want to know why such incidents took place and how the security forces conducted themselves," a two-member bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar observed.

"If someone is fighting or sympathising with Naxals so what? First you say that operations are conducted against Naxals, then Naxal sympathisers and then sympathisers of such sympathisers. What is all this?" the court asked while hearing a petition on killing of over 10 tribals in Chhattisgarh.

At least 10 tribals, all residents of Gompad village in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, were allegedly by security personnel for reportedly acting as Naxal sympathisers.

The Centre also told the Supreme Court that it has envisaged a Rs 7,300 crore package for the development of Naxal-affected states in the country.

Attorney General GE Vahanvati submitted that the Union Cabinet has accorded approval for the package but said the government was only sceptical about its implementation because of the Naxals interference in such schemes.

He, however, said the government would soon place details of the package before the apex court in the form of an affidavit.

The Attorney General made the submissions while appearing before a bench of Justices Reddy and S Nijjar.

The Union Home Ministry had recently asked sympathisers to condemn the Naxals and help win the war against the rebels.

first published:February 22, 2010, 17:11 IST