Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday condemned the recent thrashing of Dalits by a cow vigilante group in Una that led to violent protests in several parts of Gujarat and said such incidents must not be repeated. “What happened in Gujarat is highly condemnable and such incidents must not be repeated,” said Singh while speaking in Rajya Sabha.
He assured the that the government is taking strict action against those involved in the incident. “16 people have been arrested in connection with Una incident, 4 police officials have been suspended,” said Singh adding that the case has been handed over to CID crime branch.
He also mentioned that there has been a fall in people’s faith in politicians post independence which is a big challenge. “I believe that post independence there has been a fall in people’s faith in politics and politicians. There is a need for all of us to take this ‘Loss of credibility’ as a challenge,” said Singh.
“This challenge can only be overcome when people of nation will not merely see us as political workers but as socio-political workers,” added Singh.
The minister also condemned the derogatory remark made by BJP’s UP vice president against BSP supremo Mayawati saying he felt ashamed when he was informed about it.
“We should not only be concerned about physical violence as verbal abuses equally insults and hurts a person. Jaitley ji expressed regret and spoke in Parliament about what happened with behen Mayawati ji. I felt ashamed when I was informed about this,” said Singh.