12% drop in communal incidents this year:Rajnath

12% drop in communal incidents this year:Rajnath

Courtesy : Agencies23/12/2018 09:42

New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the number of communal incidents has fallen 12% this year and that misuse of social media for creating social disturbance too has declined significantly.

 Singh’s assertion — during his inaugural speech at the three-day Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police Conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau at Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat — comes in the backdrop of the ministry’s engagement with social media platforms, including WhatsApp, to check hate messages.

 “The communal situation during the current year remained under control, with a decrease of 12% in communal incidents as compared to the corresponding period in 2017,” said Singh.

 “Misuse of social media for religious denigration also witnessed a significant decline during this year.” Singh, however, said that Pakistan continues to perpetrate terrorist activities from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab.

 Owing to the recent spurt in activities of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the state, he directed the security establishment to “check efforts to revive terrorism in Punjab” with “active support of other Sikh radical/extremist entities based abroad, especially Europe and America”.

 Singh’s jab at Pakistan indicates India does not hope that the agreement between the two countries to build the Kartarpur Sahib corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan will bring peace in Punjab.

He said the ISI was using Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to make crank calls to sensitive organisations, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, paramilitary forces, ministries of external affairs, petroleum and railways, and the Airports Authority of India to “elicit sensitive information”.

Though Singh patted intelligence, security and police forces for “vastly improved” internal security, as they managed to bust many terror modules, he cautioned police personnel and bureaucracy in dealing with foreigners.

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