Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday defended amendments to an anti-terror law saying that they are essential to keep law enforcement agencies one step ahead of terrorists.
Shah, while responding to a debate in Lok Sabha on a bill seeking to amend the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, he said that anti-terror laws would not be misused and used only to root out terrorism.
Shah also said that provision in UAPA (amendment) bill which was later passed in the Lower House by a voice vote to designate a person suspected to have terror links as terrorist is necessary to root out terror.
Shah also hits out at the Congress for opposing the amendment saying that if the UPA was correct in amending anti-terror laws in their tenure, then so is the NDA adding that some people promote urban Maoism and the government has no sympathy towards them.
Referring to amendments made in anti-terror laws by successive governments, Shah said that the government fights terrorism and it should not matter which party is in power.