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Minority panel seeks ban on Bajrang Dal, VHP
October 29, 2008 15:21 IST
Last Updated: October 29, 2008 15:25 IST
Blaming Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for the July communal riots in Indore in which eight persons were killed, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) sought a ban on both the organisations.
The Commission also demanded a judicial enquiry into the violence, de-recognition of political parties inciting communal passions and formulation of a national policy to discourage communal polarisation.
In its report, submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], the Commission said, "Communal organisations namely, VHP, Dal and their ancillary outfits should not only be banned but also declared illegal," and advised the government to ensure that they do not reappear with a change of nomenclature.
Emphasising the need for devising a national policy to discourage the cult and communal polarisation, the Commission said, "Once any political party is found to be behind engineering riots and inciting communal passions for electoral gains directly or indirectly, through its agents, stern action should be taken against such politicians including de-recognition of such political parties by the Election Commission."
The Commission also noted that police forces deployed to control riots are very often offered prasada and marked tilak by BD/VHP volunteers and said, "In fact ..their volunteers have successfully infilterated in police and para-military force."
Terming the VHP's bandh call on the Amarnath issue the "root cause of the violence", the Commission recommended a judicial inquiry to fix responsibility on politicians, officials and other key persons behind organising the bandh and demanded criminal cases should be lodged against people including police personnel found guilty in this matter.
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