Central Govt's guidlines for promoting communal harmony

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Chandigarh, Jul 31 (UNI) The Haryana Government has directed all the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners in the state to follow strictly all the guidelines laid down by the Central Government to promote communal harmony.

As per guidelines issued by the Central Government, the District Administration should carefully assess the communal situation in the district. The Administration should identify and specify areas which are prone to communal sensitivities and tensions.

Details should also be systematically maintained at each police station concerned. Communally sensitive places should be identified in the riot-prone areas for making necessary administrative arrangements.

Special attention needs to be given to develop mechanisms for intelligence and information gathering, and suitably integrating them with the response mechanism. The intelligence feed back, especially from the ground level, should be effectively made use of by the administration. The district administration also needs to develop independent sources of intelligence as such sources will have higher credibility.

As per the guidlines, a weekly or fortnightly intelligence or situation report should be sent to the sub-divisional and district level by each police station in hypersensitive and sensitive areas, and the situation should be reviewed on a monthly basis at the level of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.

Activities of organisations with avowed goals that could undermine communal harmony should be continuously kept under careful watch and scrutiny and a record of the activities should be maintained.

Appropriate measures should be taken to regulate the carrying of firearms, sharp weapons, bludgeons, sticks, corrosive substances and explosives, etc.

Channels of communications also need to be established with leaders of all communities, and strict action should be taken against anyone inflaming passions and stoking communal tension by intemperate and inflammatory speeches.

Adequate steps should be taken to ensure that no damage is caused to places of worship, and provisions of 'Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991' which provides punishment of imprisonment for damaging religious places and premises and for the establishment of special courts for speedy trial of all such offences should be invoked.

If a communal incident occurs, a report should be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs immediately which should be followed with a detailed report.

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