New Delhi. Union minister RK Singh on Thursday said special laws like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) are “necessary” to take action against terrorists and “beheading others”. The Union Minister was addressing people at the inauguration of a national conference on ‘Human Rights in Indian Culture and Philosophy’ here. He said that there should be laws like UAPA, and some people should be detained, so that “lives of others can be protected”. His remarks come in the backdrop of the registration of a case against two people under the UAPA for the murder of a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur.
Singh, a former Union Home Secretary, said he was apprised of the threat of terrorists and Naxalites while handling the Home portfolio both in Bihar and at the Centre. He said that sometimes it is difficult to find common people even those policemen who can give evidence against them but are afraid to say anything for the fear of their safety. “Therefore, it is necessary to have special laws like Crime Control Act and UAPA, so that we can take action against terrorists and those who behead others,” he said. It has to be accepted.’
Human rights are something that is in our DNA.
He said the country has been subject to terrorism and Naxalism and with time, both have been dealt with. Referring to the theme of the two-day conference, Singh said, “Human rights are something that is embedded in our DNA, which has not been given to us as a concept from outside.” He said, ‘We are the most tolerant people on earth. We have never discriminated against religions. We respect all the gods. We do not believe in conversion.
The purpose of Udaipur massacre was to spread terror: Ashok Gehlot
It is noteworthy that Riyaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad, after beheading a tailor in Udaipur on Tuesday, confessed in a video that they did it to avenge the ‘insult to Islam’. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said on Wednesday that the motive of the murder was to spread terror. He said that information has also come to the fore that the killers had contacts abroad. Prominent Muslim organizations have condemned the killing, terming it “un-Islamic”, saying that no person has the right to take the law into their own hands.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 30, 2022, 22:09 IST