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Dom's Take: SSF in the land of the lawless

By DOMINIC XAVIER
September 14, 2020 19:00 IST
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The UP assembly passed the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force Bill-2020 during its monsoon session, paving the way for constitution of the Special Security Force.

The SSF formation was announced in December 2019 after heeding orders of the Allahabad high court which expressed its displeasure over the security at civil courts.

On December 18, 2019, the Allahabad high court had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government over a shootout in a Bijnor courtroom.

The basis of the high court order was that there should be a specialised force for civil courts, but the UP government has gone far ahead and given the SSF the power to search any premises without any warrant.

SSF members can also arrest anyone without the orders of a magistrate or a warrant.

With the graph of crimes in Uttar Pradesh in upswing mode, Dominic Xavier wonders if the SSF can curtail the increasing lawlessness in UP.

 

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