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Apex court talks tough on terror

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2013 00:54 IST
Satya Prakash
Satya Prakash
Hindustan Times
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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