Terrorism has no religion, will look into ‘illegal’ arrests: Govt
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The government on Tuesday said terrorism has no colour or religion and if any case of prolonged incarceration of any individual belonging to any community without a chargesheet against him is brought to light, it will take appropriate action to ensure justice.
The issue was raised by CPM's Basudeb Acharia in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour. He alleged that there were many Muslim youths who were languishing in jails for 10-15 years.
MoS (Home) R P N Singh informed the House that the government does not maintain data pertaining to the religion of individuals under arrest. He said, "The law does not discriminate on the basis of colour or religion." It is extremely unfortunate if some youths were in jail without any chargesheet against them, he added, assuring the House that if specific cases were brought to the notice of the government it would take appropriate action.
He denied that no relief and rehabilitation had been provided to those found innocent after being lodged in jails for long. Several members alleged that the government's claims were wrong and Muslim youths had been in jails for years without any chargesheet against them. The minister said under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act if a charge-sheet was not filed within 180 days against an arrested person, he's entitled to bail.
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