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People's Union for Civil Liberties

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PUCL seeks probe into inflammatory Rajasthan police intelligence note

August, 2014
The Hindu

There is outrage among the minority community over a Rajasthan police (intelligence) note, which claims that mosques were coming up on lands that poor Hindu families here had been given incentives to sell. The note, signed by the Additional Director-General of Police, has stated specific instances and recommended “appropriate action”. 

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties on Tuesday demanded a panel inquiry into the allegations in the note after two local newspapers reported the matter on August 15. 

The note, sent to the Special Branch on July 16, says, “[P]oor Hindu community members who live next to Muslim abadi (populated) areas, are being provided incentives to sell their land for construction of religious places.” It further says that this was being done by an organisation called Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and names several industrialists who support its activities. Following a fact-finding mission — the PUCL came to the conclusion that the leaking of the note suggested vested interests were seeking to polarise communities.

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