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Fire ban across saffron states

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More than 2,000 bans have been imposed across northern India on the saffron colour, after police in Maharashtra reported a surge in racist comments.

Some comments were carried out by white men in vehicles or in public places and were even recorded in police recordings and photos, reports the Hindustan Times.

State government officers in north-west Rajasthan have been instructed to take down any racist posts in their databases.

The ban includes tweets such as, "I should ban Sikh men from my city", or "Sikh woman should be raped if husband is married to a Muslim."

It comes after the New Delhi police issued a fresh order on Friday to ban all types of hate speech against certain religions, including the religious community.

"We will stop the ban within a month or two and if it is not cancelled by the next elections...we will implement it in future as we deem necessary," state Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in New Delhi.

But the police said they are aware of other areas where racist attacks have been carried out under similar circumstances.

Sikh police have reported similar incidents to the state-run National Commission for Women (NCW), as reported by the Hindustan Times.

They are working closely with the state governments of Puducherry, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh to deal with the issue.

"We are monitori
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