Union minister Rao Inderjeet Singh on Wednesday cited the communal riots in Haryana’s Mewat two years ago while demanding that a training institute for Rapid Action Force (RAF) be setup in the region to prevent violence in the future.
“Log kehte hain jab BJP sattaseen hoti hai toh Hindu bekabu ho jaata hai.. (People say that whenever BJP comes to power, Hindus commit excesses). But when our party formed the government (in 2014), within two months Mewat witnessed riots,’’ he said in Rewari in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
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“The region that has never witnessed strife between Hindus and Muslims saw the fight. But it was not Hindus that attacked Muslims; it was Muslims who attacked Hindus. This is a blot on all of us. We could not stop them,’’ he said, adding that in the past, the two communities have lived in peace and even fought shoulder to shoulder in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Rajnath responded positively to the demand for an RAF institute. “We want a strong and unified India and we will take steps to ensure that,” he said, while agreeing with the proposal.
Inderjeet also demanded that an Army recruitment office be opened in the region to make it easier for the youths, who have to go to other district for recruitment rallies, to get recruited.
Inderjeet, who claimed that Rewari has the highest number of Army and paramilitary recruits, had organised the Shaheed Samman Samaroh to commemorate the rebellion against the British in the region in 1857 under Raja Rao Tularam’s leadership.
Rajnath said it would take a month for the things to normalise following demonetisation. “We agree that people are facing difficulties. It will take a month but bear with us,’’ he said.