Scrutinize passports of Muslims and Christians, orders Karnataka police

May 23, 2015 by  
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PassportBengaluru, Nov 18, 2015: The Karnataka police has landed in a controversy after a senior police officer issued a circular, asking officers concerned to scrutinize the passport applications from Muslims and Christians deeper.

The controversial circular was faxed to police commissioners of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad and Belgavi by Amar Kumar Pandey, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the Internal Security Wing. Interestingly all these major cities have sizeable population of Muslims and Christians.

The circular stated “Apart from verifying the nationality of applicants clearing passport applications, police should find out religion and sub-sect details. In case of Muslims, they should find out if the applicant is Sunni or Shia. If s/he is Sunni, then delve deeper and find out if the applicant belongs to Deobandi or Barelvi or Ahle-Hadith sub sect. Similarly, if an applicant hails from the Christian community, details like Roman Catholic or Protestant etc should be collected.”

When quizzed by media, Pandey defended himself saying he did it in the interest of national security by focusing on “developments across the world.” He refused to divulge further reasons for his issuing the circular saying it was in the interest of ‘security.’

Temporarily withdrawn

Later he retracted on the circular saying it is “temporarily” withdrawn adding “at this moment, the circular issued by me is null and void. We will take a fresh call on it after remaining it after reexamining the matter. It may take three or four days.”

Though the circular is scrapped “temporarily,” the motivation behind Pandey’s action is still uncertain. When the media questioned him why Hindus have not been named, he gave an evasive reply, saying, “There are so many sub-castes. We are doing it.” But he had no substantive explanation to back his claim.

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