Kosi Kalan riot victims protest against clean chit given to BSP MLC

Victims of communal riots Mathura’s Kosi Kalan today slammed the Akhilesh Yadav government for the clean chit given to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLC Choudhary Lekhraj Singh regarding his alleged involvement in the incident.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:March 31, 2013 2:05 am

Victims of communal riots Mathura’s Kosi Kalan today slammed the Akhilesh Yadav government for the clean chit given to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLC Choudhary Lekhraj Singh regarding his alleged involvement in the incident.

Nearly three dozen victims and relatives of those who were killed during the riots reached Lucknow to narrate their woes today. They claimed that Lekhraj Singh had reached Kosi Kalan around 11 pm the day riots occurred and toured the area along with his son Nardev Singh instigating violence.

The victims,who met mediapersons in Lucknow today,demanded a CBI probe in the whole incident and adequate compensation. The state government had given Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of four dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

Communal riots erupted in Kosi Kalan,Mathura on June 1,2012,claiming four lives and injuring several others. More than 100 FIRs were registered in the incident. Former BSP minister Choudhary Lakshmi Narain,his brother BSP MLC Choudhary Lekhraj Singh and Nardev Singh too were named in the FIR.

Lekhraj Singh had claimed that he was present in the Vidhan Parishad on June 1 and thus his name was unnecessarily dragged in the riots. On March 22,2013,the Vidhan Parishad was apprised by revenue minister Ambika Choudhary that Lekhraj Singh had no involvement in the riots and hence was given a clean chit.

Farzana,whose son-in-law Kalua and his twin brother Bhura were killed in the riots,claimed that Lekhraj Singh along with his son Nardev and Bhagwat Prasad Ruhela,who is chairman of Nagar Palika Parishad,Kosi Kalan,took a round of the riot-affected area at 11 pm. “Lekhraj and his son Nardev openly threatened us and the violence continued,” she claimed. She also stated that Lekhraj instigated violence and indicated Muslim houses and shops.

“If the call details of Lekhraj Singh are taken out,everything will be clear. But the Samajwadi Party government is shielding him,” Idrees,another victim,stated. Idrees’s nephew Salahuddin was killed in the riot.

Idrees also alleged that the police were pressurising him to settle the issue with those who are named in the FIR for financial gain. “Nearly 35 complaints were sent by registered post to the police but no action has been taken on them. All the people cannot come out in the open as the accused are still threatening us,” said Nazim,whose son Iliyas was also attacked and seriously injured. Police were yet to register a case.

Magasaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey too supported to the victims. A detailed report of the Kosi Kalan riots has been prepared by social activists. “The report will be released tomorrow by Justice (retd) Rajinder Sachchar in Lucknow,” Shahnawaz Alam,a volunteer of Rihai Manch,said.

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