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India: Court bars govt from arming tribals to fight Maoists

India: Court bars govt from arming tribals to fight Maoists

By Wed, Jul 06, 2011 11:14AM UTC Comments Off India: Court bars govt from arming tribals to fight Maoists

The Supreme Court of India’s directive to the Chhattisgarh government to disband and disarm 6,500 special police officers (SPOs) engaged in anti-Maoist operations is a slap on the latter’s face. On Tuesday, a Supreme Court bench ordered the Union government “to cease and desist, forthwith, from using any of its funds in supporting, directly or...