Madhya Pradesh: Katni SP’s letter putting Sikhs, Muslims at par with terrorists stirs controversy

A controversy has sparked in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh after Katni’s police superintendent issued a circular equating the Sikh and Muslim community with terrorist groups like JKLF, LTTE, ULFA and SIMI.

A security circular, dated December 6, 2021, signed by Katni district SP Sunil Jain read, “Keep a strict vigil on Sikhs, Muslims, JKLF, ULFA, SIMI & LTTE terrorists.”

The two-page order was regarding the security-related arrangements for Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai C Patel’s visit to Katni on December 7.

Slamming the SP for putting Sikhs and Muslims at par with terrorist organisations, Senior Congress leader and party’s state general secretary K K Mishra, tweeted, “Thanks to SP Katni, till now it was the BJP, which treated country’s farmers and Muslims as terrorists. But you (SP Katni) and your police have officially termed Sikhs and Muslims as terrorists for the Governor’s visit. Are you a police superintendent or BJP spokesperson? This government will definitely felicitate you with Padma Shri.”

Furthermore State Congress spokesperson and Sikh community leader Narendra Saluja also objected to the letter and said, “it was sad that the patriotic Sikh community has been equated with terrorists in the letter. Action should be taken against SP Katni, failing which it would understood that it’s also the belief of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and the BJP.”

SP Sunil Jain, however, on Thursday clarified that it was a “clerical error” and said that a show-cause notice has been issued to the concerned clerk, news agency ANI reported.

He further said that a strict disciplinary action will be taken against the clerk. “I express regret over this error. We had no intentions to hurt the sentiments of any community,” he apologized.

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