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Despite Cases of Lynching, Home Ministry Refuses to Seek Report From States

The union home ministry has refused to intervene in the lynching incidents being reported from various parts of the country.

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Updated:June 28, 2017, 5:38 PM IST
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Despite Cases of Lynching, Home Ministry Refuses to Seek Report From States
Union home ministry has refused to intervene in the lynching incidents being reported from various parts of the country (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
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New Delhi: The union home ministry has refused to intervene in the lynching incidents being reported from various parts of the country.

The ministry, in a departure from past, has sought no report from Haryana or Jharkhand even after incidents of mob violence were reported from the two states.

Ashok Prasad, Spokesperson MHA, said, "Reports are sought from states only if the incident has wider ramifications or has an internal security angle and force has to be provided."

Fifteen-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death in a train near Ballabgarh, Haryana, on Saturday allegedly after communal slurs were hurled at him.

On Wednesday, Jharkhand resident Usman Ansari was attacked by a mob and his house burnt after a cow carcass was found outside his house.

Ashok Prasad said these are issues of law and order which the state government is best suited to handle.

However, in October 2015 Union home ministry had sought a detailed report from the Uttar Pradesh government over the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri. The ministry then had also told the SP govt to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future.

On July 20, 2016, Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed parliament on Una Dalit attack after getting the report from Gujarat government. He told Parliament that nine people were arrested in the case.

"Of these, seven persons are in the judicial custody while two others are in the police custody. Moreover, the state government has suspended four police personnel, including an inspector, and also initiated disciplinary action for negligence of duty," Rajnath Singh had told Parliament.

The opposition has made it clear that it will raise the recent issues of lynching and mob violence in the upcoming session of Parliament. If opposition does demand answers from the government, MHA might be forced to change its stance and seek detailed reports from the state governments where such incidents have happened.
| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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