'Religious places should declare weapons'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2014 09:09 IST

In the backdrop of the violence at Rampal's Satlok Ashram, former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and social activist Kiran Bedi said here on Thursday that religious places across the country should declare their weapons, wherever applicable.

Bedi said the authorities should have information about the weapons, if any, that have been kept inside a religious place.

"The list of weapons, licensed as well as unlicensed, should be provided to the state government by every religious institution," said Bedi, who was here for the release of the book, 'Making of the top cop'.

She said one month's time should be given to these institutions to declare their weapons. "Those who do not declare their weapons before the state government should be dealt with severely. The law should be the same for a godman and the common man," she added.

Bedi said ramparts and high-rise walls should not be allowed at religious institutions as these made it difficult for the authorities to keep tabs on the activities inside.

On being asked about pursuing a political career, Bedi said she would not contest the upcoming Delhi elections.

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