Perceived bias against minorities should be removed: PM

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Bangalore: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 16 September asked security agencies to take urgent steps in removing a “perceived bias” sometimes against minorities as it would be otherwise inimical to effective policing. Dr. Singh asked the Police Chiefs to consider ways and means to deal with the causes of such perceptions wherever they may.

Addressing a conference of DGPs and IGPs organised here by the Intelligence Bureau, he said an issue which also figured at the recent meeting of the National Integration Council(NIC) was the “perceived bias” sometimes of the law enforcement and investigation agencies against the minorities. Dr. Singh said the existence of “such a perception is inimical to effective policing, which must necessarily draw upon the confidence and cooperation of all sections of the population it serves”.

He further said that “At the meeting of the National Integration Council last week, the need for a well-trained and equipped force to deal with riots was underscored. The Rapid Action Force has been discharging such a function with distinction,” he said.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2011 on page no. 3

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