"What VK Singh said was shocking, inhuman and unacceptable... I do not understand what is happening to PM Modi's ministers," spokesman Randeep Surjewala told the media.

He said a case should be filed against the minister under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also called for VK Singh's sacking and a police case against him. "VK Singh's statement is shameful and prosecutable," the Kejriwal tweeted.

Amid the volley of criticism, the minister clarified that his statement wasn't intended to draw an analogy. "My men and I put our lives on the line for the nation irrespective of caste, creed and religion. I standby to serve India with the same spirit, right now and always. Our nation, its success and its people motivate me daily," he said in a series of tweets.

He, however, said that 'localised issues' should not be blown up. V.K. Singh's comments follow the torching of a Dalit family's house in a village in Faridabad district bordering Delhi in Haryana that left two children dead and their mother in critical condition.

The gory killings have triggered widespread condemnation and large scale street protests. The minister told, “if anyone feels if I called Dalit dogs, they are out of their minds.”

Talking to reporters later, the minister sought to blame the media for mixing up his analogy of a dog's killing with the burning of two Dalit children. "If the journalist mixes the two (issues), the person should leave journalism and go to the mental asylum in Agra," he said.

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