Activists oppose Mumbai's new security bill


Mumbai: India's Maharashtra state plans to introduce its own security law to check terrorism, insurgency, caste-related violence and sectarianism in an area that includes Mumbai, the nation’s commercial hub, but many rights activists question the move.

The state government — run by a coalition of Hindu nationalist parties — made public last week the draft of its Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act, seeking public opinion before it is presented to the legislature.

The law proposes to set up special security zones to check the movement of arms, explosives and the flow of unaccounted funds. State capital, Mumbai has witnessed several terror attacks in the past decade and also sectarian riots between Hindus and Muslims who live in different areas of the economic hub.Read More