The Surat Rural Police have created a storm of controversy, after a simulated anti-terrorism drill saw the force getting their decoy terrorists to wear skullcaps, indicating a bias against a particular community.
According to an Ibnlive report, two civilians posing as terrorists and wearing skull caps, were arrested by the police as part of the drill.
While seeking that the media not sensationalise the issue, the police has said the incident was avoidable.
“It was an avoidable mistake. It was a learning experience for us and we are sensitising the police force,” Pradeep Sejul, Supreintendent of Police of Surat Rural Police told the channe
The senior police official said he had apologised when this was pointed out to him at the time. An inquiry has now been ordered into the matter
Another justification by the police was that the decoy terrorist’s costume was merely a reflection of the attire of a majority of the people living in the area. However, the political class wasn’t very impressed with the explanation, with both the BJP, which is in power in the state, and the Congress criticising the incident.
“Terrorists do not come wearing skull caps. And it is absolutely wrong to stereotype a community in this manner,” Mehboobali Bawa, the BJP Minority Cell President in Gujarat told CNN-IBN.
The Congress for its part, said that the incident was another example of the BJP government attempting to create a divide among communities in the country.