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In this July 12, 2005 file photo, a group of tribal men, armed with bows and arrows, ride on a jeep to attend an awareness program against Maoist rebels in Penkonda village of Dantewara district. Pic:AP.

India: Court bars govt from arming tribals to fight Maoists

By Wed, Jul 06, 2011 11:14AM UTC Comments Off In this July 12, 2005 file photo, a group of tribal men, armed with bows and arrows, ride on a jeep to attend an awareness program against Maoist rebels in Penkonda village of Dantewara district. Pic:AP.

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...