The UPA government has failed to prevent communalisation of the police and bureaucracy and the recent revelations about fake encounter killings in Gujarat have exposed the communal bias in all-India services, the CPI (M) said on Monday.
Communalisation of the police and the administration was a matter of serious concern and the Centre should have realised that and taken action to prevent such killings, the party added.
According to information made public last week, three persons were killed in November 2005 after being wrongly branded as terrorists. Addressing the press on Monday, CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim said that the Centre should have taken some steps on time as the case involved people from all-India services like the IPS. Till now, three IPS officers have been arrested in the case.
"The growing tendency of communalisation of the administrative machinery is a cause of grave concern. After all, IPS and IAS are all-India services," Salim. He was referring to the fake encounter case in which Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and another person were killed by the police.
He said the "arbitrariness of the state government, the bitterness generated among the people and the high-handedness of the police as in a police state," were matters of concern.
Salim expressed shock that Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil failed to even mention Gujarat in his speech on the Demand for Grants of his Ministry over the weekend. He criticised Patil for "failing to raise or even utter the word Gujarat" in his speech, adding that ironically UPA had come to power with Left support to protect the rights and interests of minorities.
"Even after three years, when the matter has been raised in both Houses several times and the Supreme Court has taken note of the happenings in Gujarat, the Home Minister has failed recognise the state of affairs there," Salim said.
Asked why Patil had not referred to Gujarat, Salim said "I fail to read his mind. Probably, he did not muster enough courage to refer to Gujarat."