Friday, April 16, 2010

Chattisgarh police exploring legal options to book Arundhati Roy

Press Trust of India, Friday April 16, 2010, Raipur

Chattisgarh Police is exploring legal options to book Arundhati Roy for a recent article in which she sympathises with Left Wing extremists.

"I have asked the legal experts to give their opinion and come up with a decision..," Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan told PTI when asked about a complaint by Biswajit Mitra, a former BSP leader, who accused her of supporting Naxals and demanded action against her.

Roy has come under criticism for her article on Naxals -- "Gandhian with guns".

The Chief of Chattisgarh Police said, "I do not know whether Arundhati Roy has been wrongly influenced by others or she is actually a mole in the civil society. How do I know."

The 58-year old top cop of Naxal affected state said it was difficult to take a position against supporters of Naxals as one's right to criticise in a democracy cannot be curbed.

"I have to establish a positive link if I want to put him or her (Naxal supporters) behind bars," he said.

The police chief said it was for the people to understand whether they have been playing to the gallery and strengthening anti-democratic forces.

"If bold and stringent laws have to be passed. It's for the lawmakers to realise and not for the police to go beyond its limitations," he said.

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