`Separate law against terrorism needed'

BANGALORE Oct. 5. The former CBI Director, D.R.Karthikeyan, today emphasised the need for a comprehensive law to curb terrorism and terrorist-related activities.

Delivering a lecture on "Organised crime and terrorism" here on Saturday, he said the criminal law should be revised to tackle terrorism effectively. Terrorist activities, he felt, were on the rise due to lack of a comprehensive law.

He said terrorism was not an ordinary crime that could be handled with existing rules and regulations of the law. A separate law specifically for terrorism should be enacted.

Mr. Karthikeyan said that POTA might be handy but it did not take all aspects of terrorism into consideration.

He said developed nations had realised the need for a separate law to deal with terrorism. India, which is one of the worst sufferers of terrorism, should not hesitate in enacting a separate legislation.

Mr. Karthikeyan came down heavily on human rights activists stating that terrorists, by their nature, were merciless and had utter disregard for human rights. Then why should they be given human rights considerations, he asked.

He also emphasised the need for a Witness Protection Act for speedy disposal of cases.

In India, he pointed out, witnesses often turned hostile, affecting the cases. He referred to the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in this connection.

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