Minorities safe all over UP, asserts DGP OP Singh

DN Bureau

Minorities are feeling safe in entire Uttar Pradesh as there has been no communal riot in the state in the past one-and-a-half year, state police chief said.

Director General of Police OP Singh
Director General of Police OP Singh

Lucknow: Not only in Ayodhya, minorities are feeling safe in entire Uttar Pradesh as there has been no communal riot in the state in the past one-and-a-half year, state police chief said Wednesday.

Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh made the remarks after a litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, Iqbal Ansari, had reportedly said that Muslims were feeling unsafe in Ayodhya.

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"Not only in Ayodhya, minorities are feeling safe in entire UP. In the past one-and-a-half year, there has not been any communal riot and wherever there was communal tension, it was contained timely," Singh told reporters here.

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The state police chief said, "I am not aware of what he has said. I have not seen the video. I am surprised if someone is saying so. He can come and talk to me. I will direct local officials to give security to him." 

He said he can assure people of the state that it was his responsibility to provide security to "23 crore people in the state" and he was committed to it. 

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"If anyone feels threatened, he can approach us or the local police. We will make arrangements so that he does not feel unsafe," he said.

The DGP said that not only communal incidents, but the police in the state had cracked many heinous criminal cases on priority. (PTI)

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