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Don’t politicise the issue of national security: Kiren Rijuju replies to Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi | Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijuju on Wednesday while responding the Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet which raised concern over the arrest of the activist said that the issue of national security should not be politicised.

“As Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had declared that Maoists are No.1 threat to India’s internal security. Now the Congress president openly supports the front organisations & sympathisers of the Maoists. Keep national security above politics” tweeted Rijuju.

He further questioned the Congress party over the arrests of all the Maoists activists & sympathisers during Congress regime and jailing political opponents & journalists during the emergency. Taking a dig at the liberals he further added that the most vocal critics who abuse the government freely on daily basis are demanding freedom of speech !!

Earlier on Tuesday Congress President Rahul Gandhi while questioning the central government over the arrest of the 5 activists tweeted, “There is only place for one NGO in India and it’s called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India.”

On Tuesday in series of raids carried out in Mumbai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Faridabad, Delhi and Thane, the Pune police arrested lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, Activists Arun Fereira, Vernon Gonsalves, poet Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha in connection to the Bhima Koregaon violence in January. The activist were booked under Sections 153 A, 505(1) B,117,120 B,13,16,18,20,38,39,40 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

On 1st January 2017, members belonging to the Dalit community had gathered at Bhima Koregaon in Pune to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their victory over the Peshwas. Some ‘Right-wing’ groups had reportedly opposed the Dalit celebrations which is said to have resulted in clashes between ‘right-wing’ groups and Dalits which later turned violent with stone throwing. Several people were injured while a 28-year-old person named Rahul Fatangale died in the clash.

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