Centre alerts state governments over communal violence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 16, 2014 00:27 IST

After a communally-charged election campaign and a spate of incidents in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam, Union home ministry (MHA) has asked all states to remain alert in order to avoid more clashes.

The MHA has also asked central paramilitary forces to stay put in some of the sensitive states for a few more days after the counting is over. More than two lakh paramilitary personnel were deployed for the election duty and almost 50,000 are still posted at the counting centres securing EVMs.

“We have sent a general advisory to all states. Incidents in Hyderabad and Meerut ought not to have happened in the first place at all,” said Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami.

According to sources, 30 companies of paramilitary forces will remain posted in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh as the state is about to be bifurcated. Three persons were killed in police firing following communal clashes sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag in Kishanbagh area of Hyderabad on Wednesday.

In Uttar Pradesh, especially in Varanasi, around 30 companies will remain for few more days. BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi — a candidate from the constituency — plans to visit the city on Saturday.

The Uttar Pradesh government has already banned victory procession to prevent any law and order crisis. A person was killed in Meerut following a communal clash last week.

The Centre is also worried about the evolving situation in Assam’s Bodo areas where extra central forces have been deployed after more than 30 people were killed in communal violence. The Assam government has also banned victory processions in eleven sensitive districts of the state.

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