Opposition BSP and BJP Monday staged a walkout from the state Assembly alleging that the state government has failed to check incidents of communal violence and lodged cases against innocent people in Muzaffarnagar riots.
The matter was raised during Question Hour by Congress member Nadeem Javed, who sought to know from the government about the number of riots which took place in the state between March 2013 and December 2014 and action taken against the guilty.
In reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan informed that only two riots had taken place in the the said period. He said 477 cases were registered in Muzaffarnagar riots and 1,359 accused were identified out of which 1,046 have been arrested while 298 surrendered in the court. In Saharanpur riots, 237 cases were registered in which 229 accused have been identified while 99 have been arrested. Two have surrendered in the court while chargesheets have been filed in 19 cases.
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In his supplementary, Nadeem Javed said that 247 riots were witnessed in the state, maximum in the country, during the period. Azam Khan, however, countered him saying 50,000 riots had taken place during Congress regime.
BJP’s Suresh Rana claimed that in Muzaffarnagar riots, FIRs were lodged against 11 persons, who were not alive during the riots. He said innocents were booked and nearly 549 such people are languishing in jail. Azam, however, countered that “some riot-accused move in government security and some have even reached Parliament”.
BJP’s Suresh Khanna demanded constitution of a high level committee for taking up the case of innocent people languishing in jail for Muzaffarnagar riots. Azam turned it down stating that BJP had opposed communal violence bill in Parliament and hence their intentions are not clear.
“You bring a bill in parliament to release all the accused, rioters and murderers. There should be some yardstick for being innocent. Cases are in court. There is no such incident of forming a committee. Such a committee should be formed for Gujarat riots,” Azam said.Unsatisfied with the reply, BJP staged a walkout.
Leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya blamed the government for not being serious over the issue.
Azam, however, stated that Samajwadi Party government believes in rule of law unlike in BSP regime when doctors were murdered inside jail. Unsatisfied with the reply, BSP also staged a walk out from the assembly.