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Terror act rap

New Delhi, July 9: A Prevention of Terrorism Act review panel will send a reminder to Bengal, which has not filed a status report on its invocation or about people detained under the law. The panel, which held its first review meeting yesterday, said the reminder would be sent “soon”.

Bengal is one of the states that has invoked the law but has not filed reports yet.

The committee has been set up by the home ministry to review arrests made under the law and deal with abuses, if any. The panel will take up details of complaints by detainees and other social groups relating to irregularities in applying the law.

The most prominent arrest under the act, that of MDMK leader Vaiko in Tamil Nadu, figured during the meeting, though he has not filed any complaint. Others to be arrested in the state under the law are Tamil Nationalist movement leader P. Nedumaran and R.Gopal, editor of Tamil bi-weekly, Nakkeeran. Gopal has complained to the panel that the law had been misused by the Jayalalithaa government.

Tamil Nadu has filed its status report while Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have given details on 16 and 14 arrests, respectively. Gujarat and Maharashtra have also provided arrest details.

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