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Monsoon Session: Rajnath Singh condemns mob lynching incidents, puts onus on state govts

By Deepika

New Delhi, July 19: On Day 2 of Parliament's Monsoon Session, Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Lok Sabha on the incidents of mob lynching happening across the Country.

Rajnath Singh

" It's not like lynching has been happening only in the last few years. However, whoever is killed, it is a worry for all governments. I condemn mob lynchings of and in all forms," he said.

"Unverified reports, fake news spread through social media is a trigger. It is the state government's responsibility to ensure that no such incidents take place in the future. Law and order is a state subject. This is why we have requested the social media operators to keep a tab in order to avoid the spread of fake information, " Rajnath said.

Opposition members raised slogans against Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for garlanding men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand.

They raised slogans such as "stop garlanding convicts" as Sinha responded to the question. Sinha, however, continued to speak.

Recently in yet another incident of lynching, a Hyderabad-based software engineer was killed by a mob that fell for WhatsApp rumours of child-lifters lurking in Karnataka's Bidar district.

28-year-old Mohammad Azam and three of his friends were on their way to visit another friend when they thought of buying chocolates for a few local children, also, they were driving in a car without a number plate. These trifle details brought the young man's life to an abrupt end on Friday.

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