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Rajnath Singh promises to punish involved in Malda violence

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Kolkata: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asserted that those who were involved behind the Malda incident would be unmasked and punished, criticizing the Mamata Banerjee government.

Describing the January 3 violence in Malda district’s Kaliachak, where a police station was attacked and several vehicles torched, as “not a small incident”, Rajnath Singh said no one in Bengal including police were safe.

“The Trinamool government described itself as the government of ‘Maa, Maati and Manush’ (Mother, land and people). But neither Maa, Maati nor Manush is safe. No one is safe in Bengal. Even police are not safe here,” Rajnath Singh said at a party rally here in North 24 Parganas district, about 50 km from Kolkata.

“The Malda incident is not a small incident, and I want to tell this state government and the chief minister that those who are behind this incident, they will have to be unmasked. ”Who are responsible for the Malda incident, that needs to be unravelled. Just a few arrests will not suffice,” said Rajnath Singh, wondering why the state government did not make elaborate police arrangements to tackle the situation.

“Didn’t the government know that such a large procession will be there? Was it not the state government’s responsibility to make suitable police arrangement?” he asked. The home minister said the situation could have been averted had a senior police officer been at the spot from the beginning.

“I assure you, all those behind the Malda incident will be unmasked, and their destination will be jail. ”The criminals have become so emboldened that they are now attacking police stations. Do the people of Bengal want such governance?” he asked. Rajnath Singh also rejected Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim that the incident was merely a dispute between the BSF and the locals.

“This was not a dispute between the BSF and a mob. Can the attackers on the BSF be called a mob? ”This government is trying to shield those who attacked the BSF, a force which secures our borders and has been giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. ”But those who attacked the BSF personnel are roaming scot-free. How can this happen?” asked Rajnath Singh.(IANS)

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Terrorist Safe Havens Should Be Eliminated: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok that the international community should come together to disrupt terrorist networks

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens. Wikimedia Commons

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens and disrupt their networks and financing in order to thwart cross-border movements for achieving sustainable regional security is achieved.

Singh was addressing the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Thailand, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the regional framework this year. Describing terrorism as the most heinous cross-border crime, Singh said some states have been using terror to pursue their political goals.

“It is so much worse when terrorists are aided, abetted, armed, financed and sheltered by States. The interplay between states and non-state actors, used as proxies to foment violence, has worsened this menace. The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is not just a painful cancer, it is also the leading reason for unsustainable security,” said Singh.

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Rajnath Singh says that The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is the leading reason for unsustainable security. Wikimedia Commons

The theme of the meeting this year is ‘Sustainable Security.’ Singh said there is a need for a more cooperative, equitable and consultative paradigm to deal with the broad and complex security challenges to find sustainable solutions.

Singh further said that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based region in which there is respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all natikons.

“Our region must remain open and welcoming to the interests of all, those who live in it and others whose interests are in it. In short, our approach to security in the Indo-Pacific is sustainable by definition because it emphasises Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” added Singh.

On negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, Singh said the outcome of these talks will be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said the forum promotes freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce and also emphasised the need to protect the rights of States that are not party to these negotiations.

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Singh emphasied that India looks forward to the progress made through dialogue in addressing all related issues, including the proliferation trail that links South and East Asia on the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “As dialogue remains on the table, we hope missile launches and such destabilising activities will cease”, he said.

During the course of his address, Singh said India is eager to co-chair the India-Indonesia Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the next cycle. (IANS)