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‘Investigative terrorism is counter-productive’

Questioning the “haste” shown by the police to collar unknown terrorists on the basis of mere suspicion or hearsay, Tahir Mahmood said it could prove to be counter-productive.

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2008 23:20 IST
Satya Prakash

Questioning the “haste” shown by the police to collar unknown terrorists on the basis of mere suspicion or hearsay, Law Commission of India member Tahir Mahmood on Friday said it could prove to be counter-productive.

Speaking to HT about the police version of the Jamia Nagar encounter being questioned by residents and activists, Mahmood termed it as “investigative terrorism”.

He said it was high time the government expeditiously acted upon the “brilliant suggestions” of the Law Commission and other government-appointed committees to overhaul the “rather draconian system of police law and administration inherited from our colonial past.”

He said the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 talked of only four rights as human rights — life, liberty, equality and dignity.

“Unfortunately, all these are being disregarded in the case of a particular section of citizens by investigators of terrorists acts who are always in a hurry to collar unknown terrorists. Resting on mere suspicion or hearsay, such investigative terrorism becomes counter-productive and widens net of terrorist activities,” Mahmood, a former Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, said.

“There is a pressing need to curb such undesirable trends by enacting an effective law to that effect,” he added.

Agreeing with the demands for a tough anti-terror law in the wake of recent terror strikes in certain parts of the country, including Delhi, Mahmood said, “but I strongly feel that a law to restrain what I have called ‘investigative terrorism’ is equally necessary.”