The Parliamentary panel, which met here to discuss the issue of 'communal and social harmony', also asked Mehrishi about the number of communal incidents which have taken place in the recent past.
He was also asked to explain how the government defines a 'major' or a 'minor' communal incident. "We asked the Home Secretary how the Delhi Police could take such a step like raiding the canteen of Kerala House over allegations that beef was being sold there. He assured the Committee to get back with a detailed statement," a member present in the meeting told reporters.
The Home Secretary was also quizzed about attacks on Dalits in various parts of the country. Members pointed out that while victims of communal riots are paid compensation, no such practice followed by the Centre for dalits.
Controversy had erupted over Delhi police personnel entering Kerala House on October 26 following a complaint that cow meat was being served there.

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