CHANDIGARH/GURGAON: Faced with criticism from the opposition about the deteriorating law and order situation in Haryana, the state government has decided to bring a new law, the Haryana Control of Organized Crime Act (HRCOCA), on the lines of the MCOCA in Maharashtra. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Tuesday the Haryana Police Rules would soon be amended while presiding over the passing out parade at the Regional Training Centre (RTC), Bhondsi, in Gurgaon. Senior government officials said they were certain they need an act with stringent provisions but were still to work out the fineprint.
“Crime has reached new levels and ways and laws to deal with it also have to be evolved. Well-organized crime can only be defeated by an equivalent law, so we will soon have an HRCOCA,” Khattar said. The Act was proposed five years ago, during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress regime, to tackle extortion rackets and honour killings, but it was shelved after it was felt that existing laws were enough to fight organized gangs.
Justifying the need for a tougher law, additional director general of police (ADGP) Muhhamad Akil said HRCOCA was more of a precautionary measure. “Cyber laws were enacted a long time ago but they are being used only now,” he says. “You can`t make such rules after things go out of control.
With cities growing, so is organized crime run by syndicates. Even crimes like prostitution and money laundering come under such acts.” Officials at the police headquarters claimed they are taking expert opinion from different agencies to give a final shape to the Act before the next assembly session.
CHANDIGARH, Punjab (May 28, 2015)—Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal held a special meeting today with Bandi Singh Sangharsh Committee which leads the struggle initiated by Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, to sort out the burning issue of Sikh political prisoners. During the meeting, Badal constituted a high power committee to go through the pending cases in this regard.
It is worth mentioning the worsening health condition of Bapu Surat Singh who has been on a hunger strike for the past three months for release of Sikh prisoners languishing in various jails of India despite completion of their terms. Badal initiated the meeting with the committee which is an umbrella organization of all Panthik bodies, for dialogue. Intelligence agencies have also recommended the state government resolve the issue as soon as possible.
In the meeting, Sikh leaders took up the issue of release of various Sikh prisoners languishing in Indian jails. In order to decide over the pending cases against Sikh political prisoners as per law, Badal set up a high power panel comprising of additional chief secretary (home), Chief Minister’s principal secretary, chief secretary (jails), additional director general (intelligence and jails) and four representatives of Sikh organizations.
The committee has been asked to analyze all related cases to ensure the timely release of Sikh prisoners. Sikh leaders appealed to the CM to make efforts to ensure release of Sikh prisoners jailed in other states. In reply, the CM said that he had already taken up the issue with concerned CMs by writing letters to them. On appeal of Sikh leaders, Badal has given assignment to chief secretary (home) to take up the issue with other states.
The Sikh leaders urged the CM to make a persistent effort to shift Sikh prisoners from other states to jails in Punjab. In this regard, the CM assured that the state government would consider their points sympathetically.
The representatives of various Sikh organizations also urged him to accommodate pleas for parole filed by the prisoners.
The senior officers, who were present in the meeting, said that the state government has corrected the release process and if any such cases come to light, they should be brought to notice of the government.
After the meeting, members of the committee said that Badal had made assurances to them to get Sikh prisoners released but they did not trust him.