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Don’t discriminate against minorities while registering FIRs: Home Ministry to states

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New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday told state governments not to discriminate against minorities while registering FIRs.

The advisory comes on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence and described the Dadri lynching and opposition to Ghulam Ali’s concert as “undesirable and unfortunate”.

He also made clear his government had nothing to do with them but accused the Opposition of indulging in “pseudo secularism” and politics of polarisation.

At the same time PM charged that the Opposition was using minorities as vote bank by raising the bogey of communalism.

“The Dadri incident or opposition to Pakistani singer is undesirable and unfortunate. But what is the central government’s relation with these incidents”, Modi told Bengali daily Ananda Bazar Patrika, as per PTI.

This is the first time that the Prime Minister has spoken directly on the Dadri incident, where a Muslim man was killed over rumours of beef eating, though last week he had made a strong plea that Hindus and Muslims should not fight each other but poverty. He had also referred to the President’s call for maintaining India’s core values of tolerance and mutual respect.