Comments by USCIRF on Delhi Violence are ‘factually inaccurate’: MEA

India on Thursday described the comments by US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Delhi violence as ‘factually inaccurate, misleading’ and an attempt to politicise the issue.

Responding to a media query on it, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the comments made by USCIRF, sections of the media and a few individuals regarding recent incidents of violence in Delhi were factually inaccurate and misleading and appear to be aimed at politicising the issue.

“Our law enforcement agencies are working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy. Senior representatives of the Government have been involved in that process,” Kumar said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,” Kumar added.

Kumar’s reaction came a day after the USCIRF in a statement said, “it is alarmed by reports of deadly mob violence targeting Muslims in New Delhi and urges the Modi government to protect religious minorities and others who have been targeted.”