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‘Sophisticated arms in fight against terror’

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No ceiling on expenditure to modernise arms and train police personnel, says Chief Minister


‘Blasts a plot of international terrorists to scuttle development process’

Jaipal Reddy differs with Advani on demand for revival of POTA


- Photo: Satish .H

Patient hearing: Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy having a word with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a meeting in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the State Government will procure sophisticated arms and update the training of its police force to combat terrorism.

The Government will not impose any ceiling on expenditure to modernise arms and train the police personnel, he said at a meeting on Monday organised by the Youth Congress in the backdrop of the bomb blasts in the city.

The meeting was supposed to be held to mark the launch of a membership drive by the Youth Congress but was converted to discuss peace.

Dr. Reddy said the terrorists struck with venom taking advantage of the surprise element in their attacks and did this sneakily to prove their existence.

He added that the latest blasts were a plot of international terrorist organisations to scuttle the development process in Hyderabad which had emerged as a major centre.

Plot

The terrorists turned their attention to the city as the industrial houses looked to it.

They targeted the State as a whole because it had also become a model for anti-terrorist operations of the police in the last couple of years.

Union Urban Development Minister S.Jaipal Reddy said he did not agree with BJP leader L.K. Advani’s demand for revival of POTA to deal with terrorism because stringent laws did not help establish peace anywhere in the world.

They were enacted in western countries after the terrorists pulled down the World Trade Center but were withdrawn later.

In India, POTA did not help in the prevention of attacks on Parliament and Akshardham temple.

Reputation dented

Energy Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir said the three-year rule of the Congress Government had allayed apprehensions of people before the last elections about communal tensions if the party returned to power.

But the latest terrorist attack and the earlier one at Mecca Masjid dented the Government’s reputation.

Indian Youth Congress president Ashok Tanwar said the membership drive of the organisation at the national level was launched on August 16. The State units took up the programme subsequently.

AP Congress Committee president K. Keshava Rao flagged off a peace march by Youth Congress activists from Ravindra Bharathi, the meeting venue, to Lumbini Park.

Mr. Tanwar administered a pledge to participants at the park.

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