Shinde worried over rise in communal violence, warns states to be vigilant

Sushil Kumar ShindeUnion Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde

Worried over the rising incidents of communal violence ahead of the election year, the Centre has issued advisory to all states asking to take measures and strengthen ways to curb these incidents. On Saturday, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also expressed concerns over the recent incidents of communal violence in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh. According to Home Ministry, the communal polarisation is being stroked to vitiate the atmosphere for political gains and needs to be checked immediately.

The Home Ministry has asked the states to keep a check on fundamentalist groups that can instigate largescale violence over petty issues. It also said that efforts may be made by these groups to fan communal tensions which can cause destruction of life and property. It also advised the police forces to administer restraints and engage in talks with various groups and their leaders. A list of all those people who may try to stroke communal tension and in the past have been involved in such acts shall be prepared by the local police.

Home Minister Shinde also said that the rise in number of incidents can be ascertained from the recent figures where "only 410 incidents were reported last year, this year, till now, 451 incidents have taken place," he said adding that he has also spoken to UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on this.

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