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In mock drill, Surat police catch 'terrorists' in Muslim skull caps
Thursday January 1, 2015 0:26 AM, News Network

In a shocking video, Surat police in Gujarat engaged in an anti-terror mock drill were seen catching 'terrorists' who were wearing skull caps, triggering outrage over the assumption that terrorists are Muslims.

The drill was carried out by the Surat police on Saturday. During the exercise to check the preparedness and response of the police, officers were asked to catch a fleeing terrorist. After dummy firing, the two "terrorists" were arrested.

Members of the BJP's Gujarat minority cell objected to the incident saying that the police had stereotyped a community.

The Congress took on the BJP with senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi saying "Since BJP government has come into power such incidents have risen and BJP is responsible for this."

"Terrorism cannot be shown in relation to any religion, it is a very unfortunate incident. This kind of incidents will promote terrorism", he said.

Surat Police, however, refused to express regret over the incident but admitted that the incident was avoidable.

"Mock drills were carried out in 10-15 locations. This should not have happened; it was an avoidable mistake. We assure you that if someone deliberately made the mistake, we will take action against them," Deputy Superintendent of Police Pradeep Sejul.


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