NCSC to summon UP chief Secy over Atorocities Act directive

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Phagwara, Apr 8 (UNI) National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman Buta Singh said here today that the Commission would soon summon the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to seek explanation about a controversial circular to the police stations of the state to register cases of murders and rapes under Atrocities Act only after confirming medical reports.

While addressing a press conference here, Mr Singh accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who he alleged had given such a direction, through the Chief Secretary, to all civil and police officials concerned in the state.

Even the state High Court had given verdict against these instructions, the NCSC chief claimed.

He also accused Ms Mayawati of ''adopting dual standard'' saying she spoke against ''Manuwad before capturing power, but acted against the interests of the dalits after assuming power.'' The controversial directive was an example that the BSP supremo only believed in ''politics of hatred'' and had ''never fought to safeguard the interests of dalits, but was misusing their issues only for her own political interests''.

When asked about the implementations of the directives of the Commission by the State Governments, Buta Singh alleged that several states governments including of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana were not implementing the directives sincerely as neither reservation policy could be implemented in these states.

When asked whether he will contest next Lok Sabha elections from Punjab, Mr Buta Singh said though he wishes to contest from his home constituency of Jalandhar, he would honour the order of the party High Command in this regard.

He also stressed that reservations should also be kept for Balmikis in education in Punjab.

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