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Modi govt 'discriminated against Sikh community in Kutch': report

A report by the National Commission for Minorities has disclosed that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat has 'prima facie' discriminated against the 500-member Sikh community in Kutch.

The government had reportedly, cited sections of the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1948, and ordered the Sikhs to sell off their land and return to Punjab because they were not Gujaratis. The Sikh farmer's land accounts had been frozen.

“Modi, who has the habit of terrorising the minorities in Gujarat, was in this case victimising the Sikh farmers,” commission member Ajaib Singh said in the report, according to an article in the Hindustan Times.

The commission has expressed its strong disapproval of the interpretation of the act that only Gujarati farmers could own or buy land in the state.

Narendra Modi. AP image

Narendra Modi. AP image

According to a report in SikhSiyasat.com, the minority commission said the order was struck down unanimously in the Gujarat high court, but the state government had challenged this verdict in the Supreme Court.

The commission itself could not do much since the issue was under judicial consideration, the report said.