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Kerala CM appeals to Centre to take steps to stop violence in

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Press Trust of India Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday urged the central government to take immediate steps to restore normalcy in Delhi, which has been rocked by violence in the last few days over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
He also expressed concern over the "attack" on journalists covering the riots in the national capital and alleged that the rule of law has collapsed there.
"There is an active campaign of hatred going on. Even the journalists are attacked. The death toll is on the rise. It's a matter of concern that the BJP leader, who has made hate speech and instigated the riots, is going scot free," Vijayan said in a release.
The fact that fanatic private forces were also involved in the riots indicated a serious collapse of the rule of law, he said.
A large number of Keralites, living in Delhi, have expressed concern about losing their life and property, which was a testimony to the growing insecurity there, he said.
"The union ministry should not hesitate to take stern action against the culprits," he added.
State Congress Chief Mullappaly Ramachandran also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the violence in parts of Delhi.
He alleged that a state sponsored attack was being carried out in the national capital by those who orchestrated the Gujarat riots in 2002.
"We must keep in mind that today's Prime Minister is someone who killed over 2000-3000 Muslim brothers. We know who Amit Shah is. They both are the two faces of fascism in India," Ramachandran said.
He also said the Congress would ensure the safety of religious minorities in the country.
Meanwhile, a Muslim League delegation led by P K Kunhalikutty MP would visit the riot-affected areas of Delhi and meet the victims.
"The party has sought an appointment with home minister Amit Shah. We need to discuss the law and order situation with the home minister. We will also meet the victims at hospitals," Kunhalikutty said.

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First Published: Feb 26 2020 | 3:16 PM IST

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