Advani defends POTO

NEW DELHI, NOV. 1. Defending the recently-promulgated Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO), the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, on Thursday asserted that the country needed an effective law to control organised crime and terrorism afflicting internal and external security.

Describing POTO as a ``well thought out response'' to the all-too-evident menace of terrorism that was threatening the country's unity and integrity, Mr. Advani said the Ordinance had suitable provisions to punish those who created terror. At an All-India Criminology Conference, organised by the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science here, he called for making the criminal justice system more ``action and result- oriented'' in order to bring the criminals to book within a reasonable period.

The Government was against the violation of human rights, but the courts and the Government should sympathetically consider the cases pending against the security forces personnel.

He presented the Kumarappa Awards to former Chief Justice, Mr. M.N. Venkatachaliah, the Head of the Department of Criminology in Madras University, Prof. K. Chockalingam, former Tamil Nadu DGP, Mr. V. R. Lakshminarayanan and Head of the Department in Criminology at the National Institute of Criminal and Forensic Sciences.

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