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GoM headed by Rajnath Singh discusses recommendations to check lynching

The GoM and the committee of secretaries were set up after nearly 40 people were lynched in nine states in the past one year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajnath Singh
File photo of home minister Rajnath Singh

A (GoM), headed by Rajnath Singh, discussed on Wednesday the recommendations of a panel set up to suggest ways to check incidents of lynching, officials said.

One of the key recommendations of the committee of secretaries, headed by Rajiv Gauba, is to put to task country heads of the platforms sites.

This was the first meeting of the and the ministers were briefed about the recommendations of the committee, a said.

The panel is also believed to have recommended tightening of law by inserting clauses in the and the Code of Criminal Procedure through parliamentary approval.

The is expected to hold further meetings over the next few weeks to finalise its recommendations and would subsequently the same to for a final decision, the said.

The members of the are External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi and Social Justice and heads the GoM.

The GoM and the committee of secretaries were set up after nearly 40 people were lynched in nine states in the past one year. In July, the had issued advisories to states and union territories following Supreme Court's directives to check incidents of

The Centre had also asked them to appoint an in each district at the level of of Police, set up a special task force to gather intelligence, and closely monitor to prevent mob attacks on suspicion of being child-lifters or cattle smugglers.

In its communique to states and UTs, the ministry had said incidents of violence and by mobs in some parts of the country fuelled by various kinds of rumours and unverified news such as child lifting, theft, cattle smuggling etc, are a matter of serious concerns.

Such instances of persons taking the law in their hands run against the basic tenets of the rule of law, it had said.

"All state governments, UT administrations and their law enforcement agencies are requested to implement the directions of theSupreme Courtin letter and spirit," it said.

First Published: Wed, September 05 2018. 17:06 IST