Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s letter to the Chief Ministers of all States asking them to ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongly detained in terror cases (Oct. 1) is another instance of appeasement politics in the run-up to the 2014 elections. Such an instruction from the Centre will only undermine the fight against Islamist terrorism, which is a global threat.

Manish Garg, Noida

Vote bank politics of the Congress is now threatening the principle of equality enshrined in the Constitution. Our country paid a heavy price as a result of such politics when Pakistan was formed and thousands of Muslims and Hindus were killed in the communal conflict that followed. Our politicians should learn from history. No person should be wrongfully detained — whichever religion he belongs to.

Yogesh Govindan, New Delhi

How can police get information on terrorists without interrogation through detention? Policemen do not just walk into the house of a terrorist and arrest him. They first detain suspects and question them. Only then will they know whether the detained persons are innocent.

J.P. Reddy, Nalgonda

Mr. Shinde’s letter is welcome but the timing is reflective of the dirty tricks played by the Congress to woo Muslims. As the 2014 general election is drawing closer, the party wants to ensure that its traditional vote bank is retained. If Mr. Shinde is really serious, he needs to do two things— appoint special courts to dispose of terror related cases on a day-to-day basis, and take strict action against police officials who are found to have arrested innocent persons with a communal mindset.

Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa

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