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Collecting information on madrasas routine: Rajasthan Govt

The Indian Express had reported on Monday that Rajasthan government had sought information on madrasas on 14 points.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur |
April 12, 2016 12:58:17 am
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The Rajasthan government on Monday clarified that no new orders have been issued seeking information on madrasas, and that such details are being collected “since Congress’ time.”

The Indian Express had reported on Monday that Rajasthan government had sought information on madrasas on 14 points through district police, including the “ideology”, “visits by Tablighi Jamaat”, and “activities”, among others.

Presenting documents in a press conference, senior cabinet minister Rajendra Rathore said the latest directive — marked confidential and issued by State Special Branch (SSB) on April 1 to all SPs — “only seeks information in a routine process”.

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“This is only a routine compilation of information and should not be linked with ‘investigation’. This information is being collected since long, from Congress’ time (in power), and the government has never associated any educational institute with any religion,” he said. “For several years, the concerned police stations have been collecting information about educational institutes as well as religious spots irrespective of religion. Hence, no new instructions have been issued,” he clarified.

Rathore also accused the Congress of jumping to condemn the incumbent government over the issue while “ignoring” the fact that these details were also being collected while it was in power.

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