05 July 2011

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Supreme Court Restrains government from appointing tribal’s as special police officers, Salwa Judum" to counter fight against Maoists

The petition was filed in Court by sociologist Nandini Sundar, historian Ramachandra Guha, former bureaucrat E A S Sarma and others seeking a direction to the state government to refrain from allegedly supporting Salwa Judum.

The court order came in the wake of this petition filed by Nandini Sundar.

According to media reports even minors were appointed as SPO.

A Supreme Court bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said that
The appointment of tribal youths as the special police officers SPOs is 'unconstitutional.

The special police officers have been given the name Koya Commandos after that of a tribe in the Dantewada region.

The bench ordered that Chhattisgarh government and the Centre should desist from appointing the tribal’s as Special Police Officers (SPOs) and arming them for countering the Naxals in any manner directly or indirectly.

The court directed the Chhattisgarh government to recover all the firearms given to SPOs along with the ammunition. It directed the central government to ensure that its finances are not used for funding such illegal activities.

State government had appointed more than 4500 tribal youths as Special police officers taken from "Salwa Judum" or "Peace March" movement started by the State government in 2005.

The court had also questioned the training programme of the SPOs.

State government paid them only monthly salary of Rs.1500 that is monthly salary of only $ 30 to $35 American dollars.

During the hearing Court said that "You are playing with the so called SPOs. What will happen if they turn against the state? God save this country,"

Swami Agnivesh was attacked by a group of people - allegedly consisting of SPOs and Salwa Judum volunteers - when he was visiting a Naxal region near Dantewada with activists of the Art of Living of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The issue of attack on Swami Agnivesh was brought before the court in the month of April this year.

Bench ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into an attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh in a tribal area of the state March 23, 2011.

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Tags – News Supreme Court Salwa judum, unconstitutional, Koya Commando


virendra sharma July 05, 2011  

You have projected a social issue with all its ramifications .The fact remains the govt is not able to contain the naxals.Their supporter are in the govt .

sm,  July 05, 2011  


Urmi July 06, 2011  

I appreciate for your wonderful and thoughtful post. Very well written portraying the actual fact.

Kirtivasan Ganesan July 06, 2011  

Giving arms to civilians has resulted in terrorism. Punjab, Assam are all examples. People forget history.
It is sad that SC has to intervene in matters. The government is not able to do much. Except in Delhi city. The central government is becoming Delhi's super government. It is doing some tuning of financial rates and if invited goes on foreign trips.
Maybe we are moving towards federalism. Any comments, sm.

sm,  July 06, 2011  


sm,  July 06, 2011  

Our system has faults which helps and makes govt officers and everyone careless and corrupt