Minorities insecure in Cong-ruled states: SP

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) Blaming the Congress for the growing mistrust among minorities, the Samajwadi Party today slammed it for abandoning them saying the hapless community was being butchered in Cngress-ruled states.

Addressing the media, SP general secretary Amar Singh said minorities in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra were being targeted and killed in all these Congress-ruled states.

''Even Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi accepted that due to the delay in sending central forces to the state for three days nearly 100 people were killed.'' Also, in Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh, several members of the minority community were burnt alive and in Maharashtra's Dhulia and Digral towns minorities were attacked even as police looked on.'' Pointing that even in Delhi's Batla House encounter, in which two students of the minority community were killed and doubts had been raised by various sections of the society, the SP leader said only a thorough probe could redeem the faith of the people in the government.

''We want a fair and independent probe into the incident so that misgivings in the minds of the public are removed.'' Stressing that he was concerned because his party was presently supporting the government, Mr Singh said the Congress must immediately implement the Sacchar Commission report on minorities ''specially when elections were round the corner'' adding that ''this will soothe the sentiments of the minorities to some extent''.

The SP leader also released the list of 33 candidates of the party for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi.

UNI AN AKJ HT1818

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