'Top cops liable for communal attacks'

Issuing the common final order on the attacks on churches in various districts in 2008, the Commission made three recommendations to the State Government. The Commission said that a committee comprising Deputy Commissioners, SPs, MLAs, MLCs, Minority leaders should be formed at all district headquarters to continuously monitor and oversee every situation of communal disharmony and deal with it properly.

Besides, the Commission directed the Principal Home Secretary to send a detailed report regarding attacks on religious places in the jurisdiction of all police stations from 2007 to 2010 as well as the outcome of the investigation and prosecution within two months.

The report should also include details on absconding suspects/accused and steps taken by the police to arrest them.

Taking the government to task for not doing enough to protect the minorities, Chairman Justice S R Nayak said that it was taking steps only on paper.  "It shouldn't just issue circulars but also show results. Indulging in self-appreciating talks will not serve any purpose. Just making some arrests here and there will not suffice. The police should ensure that such incidents don’t occur," Justice Nayak told press persons on Tuesday.

About the charge that the attacks on churches were the result of forcible of religious conversions taking place, Justice Nayak said it was impermissible for individuals to attack places of worship or harm the people. “It’s for the rule of the land to decide not for the moral policemen to decide. Ours is not an anarchy,” he said. Asked the recent encounters in the City, the KSHRC Chairman said he was awaiting a report from the police. "For every encounter and custodial death, the police are required to submit a report to us," he said.

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