“Be it the state government or the central government, strongest possible action will be taken against those who try to break communal harmony in the country,” the Home Minister told reporters in New Delhi.
Rajnath Singh said this in the context of lynching of a man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over the issue of beef ban. On Monday, Rajnath had called the incident “unfortunate” and appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony.
“It was an unfortunate incident. I appeal to every citizen to maintain communal harmony, which is everyone’s responsibility,” Rajnath had said.
Yesterday the UP government submitted a report on the incident to the Home Ministry after it had sought for one on October 1 last week. While seeking a report, the Home Ministry had asked the state government to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
In a statement, Home Ministry had said it was concerned over various incidents with communal overtones across the country, including the recent “unfortunate” incident at Dadri.
The Centre has also asked all states to take strictest action against those who attempt to weaken the secular fabric of the nation by exploiting religious sentiments.
Meanwhile, the UP government’s two-page report to the Centre does not mention the motive or the people responsible for the crime. The report incorporates a factual account of the incident as stated in the FIR filed by the local police.
(With inputs from PTI)