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Hate posts were meant to polarize people, says Home Secy

PTI 24 Aug 2012, 21:54:59 IST
Jammu, Aug 24: The Centre today said the hate posts and SMSes regarding the Assam violence is a "vicious" attempt by fundamentalist elements to polarise the people on communal lines.

"It is a very vicious attempt by fundamentalist elements to polarise the people on communal lines," Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters at Octroi border outpost in R S Pura sub-sector of Jammu district.

He was replying to a volley of questions on the steps the government was initiating in the aftermath of the violence in Assam and the ensuing hate campaign against people from the North-East in some parts of the country.

Singh said fundamentalist elements in the country and in Pakistan are to be blamed for the campaign and India would send some samples of the hate messages and clippings to Pakistan in this regard.

"Fundamentalists on both the sides were involved in it. Bulk of it (hate messages) were from outside India," he said.

"Religious extremists within our country saw an opportunity here and they tried to exploit it... It was communal in nature and we have dealt with it," he added.

Singh said Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik had called up Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who told him that rumours were generated from Pakistan through cellular services.

To a question on a large number of Hindus leaving Pakistan for India due to alleged persecution there, he said, "I do not know whether that is correct. Every year people come here on visas and pilgrim visas and they go back.

"We do not see any marked increase in the number of people from across on these visas, so I am not ready to accept that there is an influx of people from across."

Besides Octroi, Singh also visited the border outposts in Suchetgarh and Abdullian and reviewed the security situation in these forward areas in the aftermath of the series of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.