New Delhi, Jan 28: After much uproar, Karnataka government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday revised its earlier circular which sought withdrawing of cases against the “innocent minorities” for their alleged participation in communal clashes. The government directed to replace the word “innocent minorities” with “all innocent”. Also Read - NEET, JEE 2020: Siddaramaiah Questions Govt For Being Adamant, Kamal Hassan Says Will be Blunder to Hold exams
Clarifying on the revision, Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy said the government is not biased and it has withdrawn cases against the both Hindu and Muslim communities. “There was some error in the notice, it has been rectified. In last 3 years we have withdrawn around 400 cases that involve more than 2800 Hindus and 301 Muslims. We are not biased,” ANI quoted Reddy as saying. Also Read - Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Discharged From Hospital After Recovering From COVID-19
Earlier, Reddy had dubbed it as reminder and mocked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over poor understanding of English. “BJP doesn’t understand English properly. It’s not circular, just a reminder. Minority leaders represented that some false cases registered against minorities. IG sent letter to SPs, gave reminder that’s all,” said Reddy. Also Read - Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Admitted to Hospital
BJP had created an uproar after the letter was reported in a prominent national daily. The saffron party leaders alleged withdrawing cases will create a sense of insecurity among the majority community.
“It is clearly mentioned that only cases filed against the minority community will be withdrawn. It would further create insecurity among the majority community which is facing the wrath of the police. It is a wrong on the part of the government to take sides and it will be opposed tooth and nail,” The Times of India quoted BJP leader Rajesh Nayak as saying.
The party leaders further emphasised that it will intensify protests if the government moves ahead with the proposal.