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The Gujarat Police Portrayed Muslims As Stereotypical Terrorists In Their Anti-Terror Drills

Police are seen arresting "Muslim" terrorists, who shout "Kill us, if you want. Islam Zindabad (long live Islam)."

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In the video, the Gujarat police simulate an anti-terrorism drill, with mock terrorists screaming pro-Islamic statements.

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The video which surfaced on Thursday, comes just a day after a controversial exercise, in which men playing the role of terrorists were made to wear skull caps.

This video showcases the mock operations that were reportedly held in the Narmada district of Gujarat, and in it, policemen are seen taking two "terrorists" into custody, all the while, the terrorists are shouting, "Kill us if you want. Islam Zindabad (long live Islam)."

This is the second of the two videos that were part of anti-terrorism drill that took place in Surat.

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The videos which emerged on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, have triggered widespread outrage because of the fact that they perpetuate a terroristic image of Muslims. All terrorists are stereotypically shown to be Muslims.

NDTV also reports that Chief Minister Anandiben Patel says, "It's wrong to link religion with terrorism. The issue has been resolved and the matter should be put to rest now. The mistake has been rectified."

Since the backlash received for the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims as terrorists, the police have apologised for the drills.

The Huffington Post reports that Narmada Superintendent of Police Jaypalsinh Rathore told news agency Press Trust of India, "I came to know about this incident (of projecting terrorists as Muslims) through media. If such an incident has happened, we will conduct an inquiry and take necessary actions against those responsible."

"I came to know about this incident (of projecting terrorists as Muslims) through media. If such an incident has happened, we will conduct an inquiry and take necessary actions against those responsible," he further added.

The report also featured B C Thakkar, inspector of the special operations group who was reportedly in charge of the drill, saying, "The mock drill participants were asked to wear skull cap just to give them a different look. It was not an intentional move to relate to a specific community."

NDTV reports that the Gujarat police have been using these drills to better the anti-terror response in order to prepare for two high security events that will take place in Gujarat later this month - The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas for overseas Indians and the Vibrant Gujarat Investors' Summit, which Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State John Kerry will be speaking at.

Kamal Farooqui of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board told NDTV, "They are profiling the Muslim community. They should apologise or face action. They should be taken to the court."