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Now, Gujarat police catch 'terrorists' shouting pro-Islamic slogan
Thursday January 1, 2015 11:14 PM, Agencies

A day after controversy over anti-terrorism exercise by the Gujarat police featuring men wearing skull caps, a video of a police mock drill showing dummy terrorists shouting a pro-Islamic slogan surfaced Thusrday in the state, suggesting yet again that terrorists are Muslims.

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In the latest video, Gujarat police psrsonnel are seen holding two men playing the part of terrorists at the site of the Narmada dam in Kevadia area of Narmada district, local media reported.

"I came to know about this incident (of projecting terrorists as Muslims) through media. If such an incident has happened, we will conduct an inquiry and take necessary actions against those responsible," Press Trust of India quoted Narmada Superintendent of Police Jaypalsinh Rathore.

"The mock drill was a routine police exercise which was conducted a week ago in Kevadia area," he added.

On Wednesday, a video of the Surat Police appeared in the local media showing five cops capturing and then pinning down three men in white skullcaps before bundling them into jeeps as part an exercise to check the preparedness and response of the police to terror attacks.

The video sparked widespread condemnation, including from members of the minority cell of the ruling BJP, forcing Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to call the drill a "mistake".

"It's wrong to link religion with terrorism. The issue has been resolved and the matter should be put to rest now. The mistake has been rectified," the Chief Minister said.

"This should not have happened; it was an avoidable mistake," Surat's Deputy Superintendent of Police Pradeep Sejul said, adding action would be taken against those responsible.

Kamal Faruqui of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board termed the mock drill "atrocious and highly condemnable."

"It is profiling the Muslim community which is very bad. They should apologize, otherwise they should be taken to the court," Faruqui told NDTV news channel.

The former ruling Congress party called the incident an act of religious intolerance by a "failed administration."

The exercise earlier this week was in preparation for a January 11-13 investment summit in Gujarat, whose speakers will include US Secretary of State John Kerry besides prime minister Narendra Modi.

Police initially tried to brush off the criticism, saying the skullcaps were used "to give them a different look." But they later apologized for an "avoidable situation."

"This was a mistake and should not have happened," local police chief Pradeep Sejul told AFP, adding that an inquiry had been ordered.

Concerns about religious intolerance in secular India have grown since Modi came to power in May, fueled by reports of Muslims and Christians being forced or induced to become Hindus in mass conversions.


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