Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth told chief secretaries and DGPs of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir to get fully geared up to check incidents of communal violence by strengthening intelligence gathering mechanism and preventive arrests.
The meeting was convened following a directive of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is believed to be ‘very concerned’ over the spurt of communal violence in last few months, official sources said.
The country saw 451 incidents of communal violence till August 31, whereas there were 410 such incidents in 2012.
Ajit Seth, accompanied by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and other senior central officers, conveyed to the chief secretaries and DGPs that there were reports of communal polarization in some parts and these needs to be checked immediately or else it may vitiate country's social fabric, sources said.
Top officials of the Central Government also warned that such incidents may increase in coming days and expected to take place in the run up to the 2014 general elections.
The states have been asked to analyze the reasons of such violence, prepare road-map on dealing with them and take remedial steps, so that in future, no petty incident takes communal colour, as witnessed in the past, sources said.


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