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State must use power responsibly: PC

As the Centre increases its presence in naxal-affected districts, home minister P. Chidambaram on Friday to tackle violence with 'patience, tact and understanding'.

delhi Updated: May 22, 2010 00:00 IST
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As the Centre increases its presence in naxal-affected districts, home minister P. Chidambaram on Friday to tackle violence with 'patience, tact and understanding'.

He told all paramilitary forces to 'remember that while the state has power to use force, we must respect its limitations because if we do not observe the limitations of the force, the people will question the intentions and the goals that have been set.'

“The state alone has the right to use force in dealing with violence but this had to be done responsibly,” he told senior police officers at the Investiture Ceremony of the Border Security Force.

“The state cannot use excessive force. The state cannot use force against unarmed and defenceless people. These are the limitations that come with the right to use force,” Chidambaram said.