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Modi must speak against growing intolerance: NCSC Chief

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Agartala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi must react over “growing intolerance” in India since after the NDA government came to power, National Commission for the Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman P.L. Punia said here on Friday.

“After the BJP-led NDA government came into power at the Centre, intolerance erupted in a large way. The prime minister remained silent on the grave issue,” Punia told reporters.

“In various parts of the country, many incidents of intolerance and violence against the weaker sections of people happened, but Modi remained silent,” he added.

A team of the NCSC led by Petunia came to Tripura on Thursday on a three-day visit to study the state government’s programme and schemes for the Scheduled Castes people.

The NCSC chief said writers, scientists, poets, artists, performers and intellectuals were returning their awards against the “growing intolerance”.

“The BJP people accused the agitating intellectuals as the Congress people, this is just unjustified. Modi must open his mouth against the serious situations of intolerance in India,” Punia said.

“Such incidents of intolerance never happened in India before. Such occurrence of intolerance never happened during the rule of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” he said.

Meanwhile, writers, authors, poets, artists and performers on Friday organised a rally in Agartala against the alleged growing intolerance in the country and killing of bloggers and publishers in Bangladesh.

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BJP Helds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)