Riots were preventable,law was abused: Bedi

Blaming ‘political and bureaucratic leadership equally’,Bedi condemned the “government for miserably failing to protect its own people".

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 1:50 am

Strongly denouncing “the partisan manner in which the political establishment misused the state police to foment disharmony and communal discord”,IPS-officer-turned social activist Kiran Bedi on Wednesday said there was evidence to prove the riots were ‘preventable’.

“The avoidable riots and loss of life in UP are glaring examples of how the political executive misused police for its own narrow and partisan end,even if it meant working against the larger interest of citizens. The truth is what happened in Muzaffarnagar was preventable,and reflects a blatant abuse of law by all authorities,” Bedi said at a conference of human rights organisations in the capital.

Blaming ‘political and bureaucratic leadership equally’,Bedi condemned the “government for miserably failing to protect its own people” and said “UP was living under Jungle Raj”. “What happened puts a big question mark on police reforms,” she added.

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