New Delhi, July 24: Amid the opposition cornering the Centre over mob lynching incidents, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb such incidents. Also Read - Indian Armed Forces Get Emergency Financial Powers to Fight COVID-19 Surge
Responding to the criticism by the Congress in Lok Sabha over the mob lynching of Rakbar Khan in Rajasthan’s Alwar, Singh said that the government has taken action to curb lynching incidents. Also Read - President Kovind Undergoes Successful Bypass Surgery At AIIMS, Confirms Rajnath Singh
Opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour and demanded that the centre take action to curb lynching incidents. Also Read - Committed to Global Strategic Partnership: Rajnath, US Defence Secy Issue Joint Statement
Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge said mob lynching assumed ominous dimension and insisted that the government ought to agree to probe by a sitting apex court judge.
Kharge also criticised the government over the Alwar mob lynching incident, and accused Rajasthan Police of shielding the perpetrators.
To this, Singh said the government is concerned about such incidents, adding that the high-level committee formed will recommend strict measures to deal with lynching incidents.
“We are thoughtful about this. This didn’t start only recently, the incidents of lynching have been going on since years. I have said this earlier too, the biggest mob lynching is, what happened in 1984,” he said.
Singh said the official panel will be headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by him will look into the recommendations by the panel.
The official committee will submit its report within four weeks, he said, which will be considered by the GoM.
While one committee is headed by Singh, the other panel is headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The committees were set up a week after the Supreme Court asked the central government to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and take action on mob violence.