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MP Became Safe Haven for Terrorists during Cong Regime: Gupta

State Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta has said that during the Congress rule from 1993-2003, Madhya Pradesh became a ‘safe haven for terrorist and disruptive forces’, reported PTI.

“During 1993-2003, when Congress was in power, Madhya Pradesh had become a safe haven for the terrorist and disruptive forces as all the major incidents that took place within the country at that time had direct or indirect links with the state,” Gupta was quoted as saying in an interview.

“In that period, large quantity of illegal weapons were found from Khargone district’s Jhiranya (village of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in Gujarat); many activities of the banned SIMI came to fore; passports of persons connected with underworld were made at Bhopal and naxals were running an illegal weapons manufacturing facility here,” he was quoted as saying.

Enumerating his government’s success in the regard, the minister said that the BJP, after coming to power, busted the naxal illegal arms factory, uprooted SIMI network in the state and maintained a constant vigil on activities of Maoists, land mafia and adulterators, report said.

About present status of many arrested SIMI activists against whom charges were not proved in the court, Gupta refused to make remarks on procedure of the court, saying that even judges agree on delay in imparting justice to people and feel such cases should be tried in special court, report said.

“Keeping this in mind we have also passed a bill on the lines of MCOCA in Madhya Pradesh for the speedy trial of such cases in special courts,” he was quoted as saying.

“I hope that the Centre too will give its assent to the new law soon,” he was quoted as saying.

The minister said that that it would help in dealing effectively with terrorism and other such nefarious activities, said report.

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