New Delhi, July 18: The Central government on Wednesday that it was the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order. “Responsibility to maintain law and order and protect life and property rests with State Governments. The State Governments are competent to deal with such offences under the exanct provisions of law. MHA issues advisory to States from time to time,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir told PTI. The minister further stated that the Centre does not maintain data with respect to lynching incidents in the country. Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues

This came amidst uproar in Parliament by Opposition parties over cases of mob lynching in the country. The opposition also moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi led government on Wednesday. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked the Centre and said,”Government has to be very careful in its utterances. For the last few days, an atmosphere is being created across the country of dividing the nation. That is not in the interest of the country. There is a huge nexus between the ruling party and all those who are doing nasty things like lynchings all over the country.” Also Read - Farm Bills Row: 'Black Day of Parliamentary Democracy in India,' Says Congress; Rajnath Assures MSP Won't End | Highlights

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also passed a slew of directions to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with offences like mob violence and cow vigilantism. Also Read - Farm Bills to be Tabled in Rajya Sabha Today; Oppn Puts United Front, BJP Seeks Support From Regional Parties | Top Points

The SC had also said that it was the duty of state governments to ensure law and order in society, besides ensuring that the rule of law prevailed. “Citizens cannot take the law into their hands and cannot become law unto themselves. Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm and have to be curbed with iron hands,” the bench said. The SC had earlier dubbed the cases of lynching by vigilantes as a crime and not merely a law and order problem and had taken serious note of mob violence.

(With agency inputs)