Saharanpur riots report: Committee questions role of BJP

The committee in its report has alleged that a local BJP MP provoked the rioters which led to attempts to torch shops.

By: Press Trust of India | Lucknow | Published:August 17, 2014 1:37 pm
A policeman during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur on Saturday. (Source: PTI) A policeman during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur on Saturday. (Source: PTI) A policeman during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

A five-member committee headed by UP minister Shivpal Yadav, which probed the communal violence in Saharanpur that left three persons dead, has blamed administrative lapses for the incident and questioned the role of BJP.

“The report has been submitted by the committee to chief minister in which a BJP MP has also been named besides laxity of administrative officers”, Samajwadi Party’s National General Secretary Naresh Agarwal said.

BJP has dismissed the report as an attempt by the Samajwadi Party to gain political mileage.

The report of the committee has blamed laxity of some officers and said the government should take stern action against them to give a message to the bureaucracy, Agarwal said.

“As role of a BJP MP has also come to the fore, we can say that the party (BJP) has a role in the Saharanpur incident”, he said.

The committee in its report, sources said, has alleged that a local BJP MP provoked the rioters which led to attempts to torch shops.

It alleged that the administration became active only after the violence broke out.

As the holy month of Ramzan was going on, the administration should not have allowed any construction at the disputed site or members of opposite community to assemble, the report said.

Reacting to the report, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that on the one hand, the report blames administrative failure and on the other it has blamed an individual (BJP MP).

“When there is an administrative failure then how BJP is responsible for the clashes,” he asked.

Pathak dismissed the report, saying the SP was indulging in a blame game to take political mileage.

“It is report of the party and not the government. What do you expect from SP which had been blaming BJP time and again to conceal its own government’s failure,” Pathak alleged.

The five-member inquiry committee headed by Shivpal having Shivakant Ojha (minister for technical education), Minister for Rural Development Arvind Singh Gope and SP leaders Ashu Malik and Haji Ikram Qureshi, who is also the district president of Saharanpur district as its member, had visited Saharanpur to prepare the report.

The committee was constituted by SP state president Akhilesh Yadav.

Violence erupted in Kutubsher area of Saharanpur on July 26 when members of two communities clashed for several hours over a land dispute. The violence had claimed three lives and left more than 20 people injured.

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    concerned Indian
    Aug 17, 2014 at 11:39 am
    One sided report, it is part of the appeat policy, were every act of minority will be blamed on majority
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      Ashok .
      Aug 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm
      Offenders investigating the crime. One more achievement of UP government.
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        Anil pradhan
        Aug 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm
        Please don't publish this report,and if you publish do not give such inflammatory les. You guys are one of the trash reporters!!
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          Arun Kumar
          Aug 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm
          "....... committee headed by UP minister Shivpal Yadav....". Committee ?? Headed by ruling party??? FORGET IT.
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            Vinashak
            Aug 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm
            How does the stat govt investigates when it should be investigated itself? and why does media put in in the headlines as gospel truth?
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              sarita
              Aug 17, 2014 at 8:54 am
              since when party ministers start investigating cases?its the job of police cid cbi or court appointed SIT
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                Sitakanta Das
                Aug 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                The investigating committee is a joke, where the culprits also act as jury, judge & executioner.
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                  Sahil
                  Aug 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm
                  #achchedin aane wale hai
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                    yash
                    Aug 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm
                    Bunch of jokers running the state and this Yadav family is bunch of s including a foreign educated illiterate with zero IQ .
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