Former Mumbai Police Commissioner MN Singh says minorities feeling 'bit uneasy'

25 November 2017, 07:29 AM

Close on the heels of the ninth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, MN Singh, the Former Mumbai Police Commissioner on Friday said the minorities in India are feeling a ‘bit uneasy.’ He stressed that this issue needs to be attended to with earnestness.

Referring to the ban on cow slaughter he said the focus should rather be on improving internal security.

Singh was speaking on the topic, 'How Safe is Mumbai?' at a function organised by think tank Observer Research Foundation.

"The minorities in the country are a bit uneasy and it needs to be addressed. The (current) national narrative, the debate is creating some anxiety. It has to be changed," he said.

"The issue of Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir has to be solved amicably," he added.

"This Babri Masjid issue has to be amicably settled between the two communities. It is not an easy solution. Any decision coming from the top or court will be half-accepted.

It (the issue) will never end," said the former top cop.

"There are some private groups that are talking sensible things, going and meeting so many Muslim groups. I think that is what should be encouraged," he said.

“There have been some 12 terror attacks in Mumbai, of which three have been very deadly. The first was in March 1993 (serial bomb blasts), but security measures improved only after the November 2008 carnage,” he said.

V Balendran, a former special secretary in the central government, said, "It is sad our police and anti-terror squads had no night vision cameras; hence the terror attack continued for three days in Hotel Taj (during 26/11). The situation has slightly improved since then." 

First Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 07:17 AM
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