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If Maoists demonstrate, I can't go meet them: Shinde

The Home Minister said he felt bad for the protesters who were at the receiving end of police action on Sunday at India Gate, but said it was impractical to expect the government or its leaders to directly engage with those protesting against the gangrape of a 23-year-0ld woman.

Ruling out the possibility of meeting with the protesters at India Gate, Shinde said,"Tomorrow Maoists may demonstrate I cannot go and meet them."

"Everyone will ask of every government... We should not go anywhere. Tomorrow 100 adivasis can be killed Chhattisgarh or Gadchiroli, can the government go there? It is because this is Delhi you want us to go there," he said in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN.

The Home Minister justified police action against those protesting in the capital yesterday. PTI

The Home Minister pointed out that he had met with the protesters as had Congress president Sonia Gandhi and they shouldn't have taken the law into their own hands despite receiving assurances from the government.

"I understand the anger of the people. But the student agitation was taken over by politicians yesterday...You mean the government should keep quiet? No that cannot be," he said, refusing to formally tender an apology.

However, the Home Minister said he felt bad for those who were innocent but had been punished.

He promised action against crimes against women and a meeting of DGPs and Chief Secretaries will take place on 4 January to discuss tackling crime against women across the country.

"The actions we have taken at different levels I will not mention..I am also sensitive," he said.

He also said that he would also take suggestions from all quarters to work on ensuring the safety of women.

Despite the numerous demands for the resignation of the Delhi police commissioner, the Home Minister said he would evaluate the demand only after calm was restored in the city.

"At the time of this situation I do not want to talk about these things. When the situation is calm and quiet I will think about it....I will not spare anyone," he said.

"I have some information that senior police officers are also coming under suspension," Shinde said.

He ruled out a special session of Parliament to discuss additional legislation to tackle crimes against women and said that he had formed a three member committee to come up with suggestions on amendments for existing laws within one month.

"There is no need for a special session of Parliament, you will see the action we are doing. You will see that we don't need a special session," Shinde said.

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