Comments by USCIRF on Delhi violence attempt to politicise issue: MEA

Last Updated: Thursday, 27 February 2020 (16:15 IST)
New Delhi: After the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed “grave concern” over violence in Delhi, India on Thursday hit back and said that the comments made are factually inaccurate, misleading and appear to be aimed at politicising the issue.

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“We have seen comments made by USCIRF, sections of the media and a few individuals regarding recent incidents of violence in Delhi. These are factually inaccurate and misleading, and appear to be aimed at politicising the issue,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson said in a series of tweets.
 
The spokesperson also said, “Our law enforcement agencies are working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy. Senior representatives of the Government have been involved in that process.”
 
The Ministry has also urged not to make any irresponsible statement since the situation is sensitive.
 
“Prime Minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,” he added.
 
On Wednesday, the USCIRF had urged the Indian government to take swift action for the safety of its citizens.
 
“We urge the Indian government to make serious efforts to protect Muslims and others targeted by mob violence,” USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
 
More than 30 people have been killed and over 200 injured in the violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act in the national capital.
 
“The ongoing violence we are witnessing in Delhi and the reported attacks against Muslims, their homes and shops, and their houses of worship are greatly disturbing. One of the essential duties of any responsible government is to provide protection and physical security for its citizens, regardless of faith,” Tony Perkins said.
 
USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava too said the “brutal and unchecked violence” across Delhi cannot continue.
 
“The Indian government must take swift action to ensure the safety of its citizens,” she said, adding that reports are mounting that the “Delhi Police have not intervened in violent attacks against Muslims, and the government is failing in its duty to protect its citizens.” (UNI)