Pack of 50 stray dogs kills 65-yr-old wo­man in Ker­ala Ar­eas in state fac­ing ter­ror threat can be spe­cial se­cu­rity zones soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 65-yearold wo­man was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs and parts of her body eaten in Thiruvananthapuram, po­lice said on Satur­day, un­der­lin­ing a grow­ing men­ace de­scribed by the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment as a law and or­der prob­lem.

An hour af­ter Sheelu­amma was at­tacked in the coastal vil­lage of Pul­luvilla, a 30-minute drive from the state cap­i­tal, an­other wo­man was mauled by feral dogs in the same area but sur­vived, po­lice said.

Ar­eas in Ma­ha­rash­tra fac­ing threats of ter­ror, or­gan­ised crime or in­sur­gency could soon be de­clared spe­cial se­cu­rity zones (SSZ) that will have high po­lice con­trol and rules that may in­clude a ban on chem­i­cal sub­stances and elec­tronic de­vices.

Eight years af­ter Mumbai was rocked by one of the coun­try’s worst ter­ror at­tacks and with threats ris­ing across the globe, the state gov­ern­ment’s home depart­ment on Fri­day is­sued a draft for the Ma­ha­rash­tra Pro­tec­tion of In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Act, 2016, which will pave the way for putting in place pol­icy changes to tackle ter­ror­ism, in­sur­gency, com­mu­nal and caste vi­o­lence.

The act will let the state’s po­lice, for the first time, to iden­tify and pre­pare cri­sis man­age­ment plans for crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, trans­port, wa­ter sup­ply, nu­clear re­ac­tors and de­fence.

The draft has been in the off­ing since last year, but has only now been fi­nalised and put in the pub­lic do­main for sug­ges­tions. It will be tabled in the win­ter ses­sion of the state leg­is­la­ture.

Ar­eas iden­ti­fied as SSZs will hold that sta­tus for two years at a time, af­ter which the state will rat­ify the no­ti­fi­ca­tion. In th­ese ar­eas, the state can cre­ate a sep­a­rate po­lice com­mand and re­sponse sys­tem and give di­rec­tives for how the ad­min­is­tra­tion will func­tion.

The new law also plans spe­cial courts to try the ac­cused booked un­der it.

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