The controversial communal violence Bill, which has been hanging fire for some years, is getting a fresh push from the Centre. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said work had started on the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill that seeks to protect the minorities from targeted attacks. “I have sought details from the department concerned,” he told reporters in Delhi. Asked whether the bill will be tabled in the next session of Parliament, expected to begin November-end, Mr. Shinde said he was not sure Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan while noting that Muzaffarnagar riots had underlined inadequacies in existing laws to deal with such clashes pitched for introduction of the Bill in the Winter Session.

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