Govt views hate crimes against Indians in US seriously, says Rajnath Singh2 min read . Updated: 09 Mar 2017, 03:13 PM IST
In another statement, Rajnath Singh said NIA will probe suspected terror cases, including the Lucknow encounter
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe suspected terror cases, including the Lucknow encounter in which an alleged terrorist linked to a train blast was killed, said home minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
He also told Parliament that India was viewing the alleged hate crimes against Indians in the US seriously and the government will make a statement on the matter in Parliament next week.
While the Uttar Pradesh police shot dead suspected terrorist Mohammad Saifullah on Wednesday, six suspects have been arrested by cops in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on terror charges, Singh said.
Members thumped desks when the minister lauded Saifullah’s father Mohammad Sartaj for his refusal to accept his son’s body, saying, “If he could not be loyal to the country, how can he be ours." “The government is proud of him and I am sure Parliament too is," he said.
Saifullah was suspected to be linked with the blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain train in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. Giving details of various cases registered in the two states following the blast which injured 10 persons, he said the state police arrested three suspects in Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh, following which the UP cops acted in various parts of the state following information provided by the accused and nabbed three persons.
“The above sequence of events presents an excellent example of coordination amongst state police and central agencies. Due to the prompt action taken by the police of both the state, a possible threat to national security was successfully averted. “Further investigations will be handed over to the NIA," he said. The home minister also informed the House that eight pistols, 630 live cartridges, Rs1.5 lakh, three mobiles phone, four SIM cards, two wireless sets and some foreign currency were recovered from the place where Saifullah lived.
Earlier, Singh also clarified that the government was viewing seriously the alleged hate crimes against Indians in the US. He added that the government will make a statement on the matter in Parliament next week.
In recent weeks, at least two Indians have been killed in incidents of hate crime in the US. With opposition members raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Singh said the government has taken serious note of the issue.
What is happening in the US is being viewed seriously by the government and a statement would be made in the Parliament next week, he said during Question Hour. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar also said the government was very much concerned about the incidents in the US.
As soon as the proceedings began after obituary references were made on the passing away of four former members, opposition members raised various issues, including those related to hate crimes against Indians in the US.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) members wanted to raise the issue of Sri Lankan Navy firing at Tamil fishermen. They raised slogans and trooped into the Well of the House. The members went back after speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured that they could raise the issuer during Zero Hour.
As a mark of respect to the departed members including former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray, the House stood in silence for a brief while. Other former members who passed away were Jambuwant Dhote, P Shiv Shanker and Syed Shahabuddin.