In his letter to chief ministers, Shinde wrote: "The central government has received several representations alleging harassment of innocent Muslim youth by law enforcement agencies. Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived of their rights."
"Government has to ensure that no innocent person is subjected to undue harassment," his letter directed.
Shinde has also asked for the setting up of fast-track courts in consultation with concerned High Courts where terror cases are prioritised.
He said law enforcement agencies should be satisfied with regard to communal and social harmony while ensuring zero tolerance for terrorism.
Shinde called for strict and prompt action against erring police officers.
However, his move has incurred several criticisms from the oppositions.
"The Home Minister must immediately withdraw the order and apologise to the nation. It is against democracy and against secularism," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu was quoted as saying.
The Left wing has alleged that the concern should have come much before instead of being raised before the elections.
--IBNS (Posted on 30-09-2013)