Agencies, New Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked state governments to act in time to check any communal violence and expressed concern that anti-national forces succeeded in taking advantage of minor differences between communities.
Such forces should be opposed and checked with all means at disposal, the Prime Minister told the 16th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting here while reaffirming his government’s commitment to fight such elements.
In an apparent reference to the Uttar Pradesh government over the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, Dr Singh said it was the responsibility of state governments to fight such forces sternly without discrimination and losing any time.
State governments should ensure that the local administration stopped smaller incidents from turning into bigger ones and those responsible were punished. ‘’All the powers of the government should be used to take
action against those involved in communal riots and provocation irrespective of how powerful they are and whichever political party they belong to. The government should be seen acting in accordance to the law…,’’ he said.
Referring to the clashes in Muzzafarnagar and Kishtwar, he expressed regret at the political debate on communal violence for electoral purposes describing such practice as ‘’unfortunate.’’
He said both political parties and the media should stop giving such violence a political colour and warned against the ‘’misuse’’ of social media in such incidents.
‘’…we should not let mischievous and trouble makers to misuse social media,’’ the Prime Minister said.