Tamil Nadu wants stringent anti-crime law

By IANS

Chennai : The Tamil Nadu government is considering enacting a stringent law on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MACOCA), following a spate of attacks on political leaders in the state.


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Senior police and home department officials had at a recent meeting with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi proposed a legislation on the lines of MACOCA, police sources said Saturday.

A bill is likely to be tabled in the January session of the state assembly, sources said.

The new law would give the enforcement authorities “more powers to deal with criminals”, the sources said.

MACOCA provides for more powers to deal with crime ranging from death penalty to special courts with varied jail terms. Human rights groups have termed the act as draconian.

Tamil Nadu has seen a series of attacks on political leaders of various parties in the last few months.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnaswamy was brutally attacked during a visit to Ramanathapuram district in November.

Youth Congress leader Mayura S. Jayakumar was attacked at the Congress party headquarters in Chennai city.

DMK Tiruvarur district secretary Poondi Kalaiselvan was hacked to death last Sunday.

On the same day, AIADMK’s Chengalpet town secretary and another party worker were killed.

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