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Lynching: Rajnath says Govt ready to enact new law, Cong demands probe by SC judge

7/24/2018

New Delhi, A volley of protests from Opposition members, including from the Congress, Trinamool, CPI-M, erupted in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday over the issue of mob lynching with the the principal Opposition party demanding that a probe be conducted into all incidents by a sitting Supreme Court judge. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge said mob lynching has assumed ominous dimension and insisted that notwithstanding the official committees, the government ought to agree to probe by a sitting apex court judge. 'Let the Committee and the Group of Ministers do their work, but a sitting Supreme court judge be appointed and investigation be conducted under him,' he said amid frequent interruption from the treasury bench , especially when he referred to the recent death of a young man in mob lynching in Rajasthan. A group of villagers lynched a 28-year man in Alwar district in BJP-ruled Rajasthan on Saturday allegedly on suspicion of cow smuggling, he alleged. At one time Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said since the investigation was already taking place, the specific case need not be discussed in the House. Sudip Badhyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress said mob lynching was a serious issue and such incidents were creating an alarming situation in the country. 'A few motivated people were taking advantage and creating mischief and the whole system in under threat,' he said and demanded that the Centre take steps in the direction although law and order was a state subject. Mohammed Salim, CPI-M, said hate crimes and street justice were not good. Such crimes have been taking place for last 10-12 years, he said, adding that at times even political leaders seems to have endorsed such mob lynching. AIADMK member and Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said police system should be modernised and the Centre and states should coordinate to tackle the cases of mob lynching and look for the root cause of such incidents. Stressing that Intelligence in the country should be strengthened, Dr Thambidurai said is the states are not taking action then the Centre should come in. Responding to members, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he wanted to make it clear that the Centre was worried about such incidents, which have been taking place for many years now. 'I have said during the debate on No Confidence Motion debate also that the biggest mob lynching has taken place in the country in 1984," which drew protests from Congress members. Mr Singh said the government is certainly very serious about the incidents of mob lynching in various states and "if necessary, the government is ready to even come out with a new law". He said the official panel will be headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and the Group of Ministers headed by him (Rajnath Singh) and also comprising External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot will later on look into the recommendations. The official committee will submit its report within four weeks, he said, which, will be considered by the GoM. The issue of mob lynching figured in the Lok Sabha for the second day with the Opposition members attacking the BJP-led government for the alleged rise in these incidents The Home Minister on Monday made an impromptu statement in the House announcing the setting up two panels to deal with such cases. BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi maintained that 1984 anti-Sikh riots were the country's biggest case of mob lynching. She said in Rajasthan, there were three cases of mob lynching so far and in one case, a Dalit man was killed reportedly 'for marrying a Muslim girl'.

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