ANTI-TERROR LAWS SHOULD COVER COMMUNAL RIOTS

Minority Affairs Minister A R Antulay on December 17 demanded that communal riots should be brought under the purview of the new anti- terror law being brought in by the government to combat terrorism.

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Minority Affairs Minister A R Antulay on December 17 demanded that communal riots should be brought under the purview of the new anti- terror law being brought in by the government to combat terrorism. “This law should also be applicable against communal rioters because rioters are also terrorists,” he said. Referring to the killing of a large number of people in communal riots in independent India, he said those people who inflame communal riots should also be punished. On the possibility of the likelihood of the misuse of the new law, he said, “Any law can be misused. The best answer to all this is implementing the law against communal rioters as well.” He argued that bringing rioters under the purview of the new law “will silence all”. “Then action would be taken against all and sundry who incite riots and nobody will say that this is being misused against the Muslims,” the minister said.