New Delhi: The number of crimes against
minorities has declined to 170 up to October of this year in
Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Gujarat, Home Minister P
Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
"It is not true that crimes against Christians and other
minorities are rising in the country, particularly in the
states of Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat," the
minister said during Question Hour.
The number of communal incidents in these four states has
gone down to 170 till October of this year, as against 204 in
the corresponding period of last year, he said.
To maintain communal harmony in the country, the minister
said that Centre assists the state governments on specific
requests and in modernisation of state police forces.
On harassment of northeast people in the national capital,
the minister said the Delhi Police has been instructed to
protect all those belonging to that region staying in the
Chidambaram answered all supplementaries even as the
Opposition and AIADMK continued chanting slogans demanding the
minister`s resignation for his alleged role in irregularities
in allotment of 2G spectrum when he was the Finance Minister.
The minister said the number of custodial deaths were
1,574 during April-March period of this fiscal. Of these,
1,426 deaths were in judicial custody and 146 in police
Holding that police and public order are state subjects,
he said, "It is for the state governments to take action with
respect to crime. In view of this, the central government does
not intervene directly in matters of custodial deaths, but
does issue advisories from time to time."
The minister said Section 176 of the Criminal Procedure
Code has been amended vide Code of Criminal Procedure
(Amendment) Act, 2005 to provide mandatory judicial inquiry
in cases of death or disappearance of a person or rape of
women while in custody of the police.