Apex court talks tough on terror

  • Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 22, 2013 00:54 IST

Taking a tough stand against terrorism, the Supreme Court on Thursday said there was a dire need to eradicate the menace that has claimed hundreds of innocent lives in the last two decades.

A bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam, which sentenced actor Sanjay Dutt to five-year rigorous imprisonment and awarded death penalty to Yakub Memon, described terrorism as “a major problem” reoccurring over the globe in many different forms. It suggested a series of measures to tackle the menace.

“Terrorism is a plague for a nation or society that should be eradicated. There is a dire need to best deal with it and to make sure to take preventive actions so that other groups and people are not motivated to make themselves heard through various acts of terrorism,” the bench said.

“India being a secular state, such religious fanaticism which resulted in such terrorist acts should not be allowed to destroy the very basic structure of our Constitution. Unless every one of us put our sincere efforts to fight terrorism, we will not be able to curb this menace,” the bench said.

Maintaining that better governance and law enforcement were the real need of the hour, the SC said, “We must formulate long-term as well as short-term strategies to combat terrorism.”

It emphasished the need to use more advanced technologies for communication among law enforcement agencies.

“Fighting terrorism would require a long-term planning and sustained multi-dimensional action," the bench said, adding, “There should be proper coordination between all the agencies with high level of motivation and a quick response system must be established to tackle the menace immediately.”

However, the bench underlined the need to uphold the rule of law even while fighting terror as “it is the duty of the constitutional authority to defend the life and limb of its subjects”.

Date of Attack Place of Attack No. of Bomb Blasts No. of Persons killed
12.03.1993 Mumbai 13 257
14.02.1998 Coimbatore 13 46
13.12.2001 New Delhi - 9
25.09.2002 Akshardham - 29
06.12.2002 Mumbai (Ghatkopar) - 2
25.08.2003 Mumbai (Zaveri Bazaar) - 50
29.10.2005 Delhi 3 60
11.07.2006 Mumbai (Local trains) - 209
25.08.2007 Hyderabad 2 42
23.11.2007 Lucknow, Varanasi, Faizabad - 18
13.05.2008 Jaipur 9 63
25.07.2008 Bangalore 9 2
26.07.2008 Ahmedabad 21 56
13.09.2008 Delhi 5 30
26.11.2008 Mumbai - 172
13.02.2010 Pune - 17
13.07.2011 Mumbai 3 26
07.09.2011 Delhi (outside Delhi High Court) 1 12
13.02.2012 Delhi (Israeli Embassy Official’s car) Injured Persons: 4


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