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Muslims 'enticing Hindu girls; BJP flays minister for denial

india Updated: Jul 09, 2009 22:45 IST

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Maharashtra Minister of state for Home Nitin Raut was on Thursday the target of an attack by state BJP for his denial of an assurance he gave in the Legislature last month on Muslim boys enticing Hindu girls into love affairs and then marrying them as part of a larger conspiracy.

"Raut had assured the House that a CID enquiry would be conducted in all such cases but later backtracked and denied
having made such an assurance. We condemn his act and ask the Government to clarify," state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari told reporters in Mumbai.

BJP group leader in Assembly Eknath Khadse and MLA Devendra Phadnavis had said in the House on June 16 that young Muslim boys in rural areas were enticing Hindu college girls into marriage. They alleged it was part of a larger conspiracy to increase the population of Muslim community.

"Raut had agreed that such incidents took place and had assured the House that CID would probe the issue," Bhandari
said.

"However, Raut last week denied having made such a statement," he said. Raut had announced in the Assembly that CID has been told to check whether Muslim boys are enticing Hindu girls as part of a 'conspiracy'.