The Narendra Modi government is determined to go to the bottom of truth, he said (File)
The centre has been able to control the situation in violence-hit parts of Delhi and would get to the bottom of truth and unravel conspiracy, if any, that sparked the communal riots, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said.
He also said while issues can be resolved by means of discussion, rumours allegedly spread by a section of political parties and sections in social media added fuel to the fire.
At least 42 people died and over 200 injured in the violence in parts of northeast Delhi last week over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Last week we witnessed some disturbances in the national capital. Unfortunately many innocent people have lost their lives and there has been property loss also. A brave constable of Delhi Police and an IB officer have been victims of evil designs. We have been able to control the situation, Mr Reddy said.
"The Narendra Modi government is determined to go to the bottom of truth to unravel the conspiracy, if any, that triggered the riots in Delhi," he said in his address at an event at the Indian School of Business here.
Cautioning against rumor mongering, he stressed the need for responsible use of the social media.
"Social media cant be a misinformation tool. It is time to discuss about how social media can be more responsible… rumours spread by a section of political parties and sections in social media added fuel to the fire," he said.
Noting that 'samvad' (dialogue) was one of the greatest strengths of the country inherited from time immemorial, he said, "we always believe in the concept of democratic dialogue. While issues can be resolved by means of discussion, it is difficult to understand why a section of people invariably stays away from dialogue and involve in rumour mongering."
Mr Reddy reiterated that CAA would not take away citizenship of any Indian but grant it to persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
People who criticise the government suffer from selective amnesia, he said.