An independent fact-finding committee constituted by Jan Hastakshep,an NGO,to look into the Masuri violence,which left six persons dead,has asked for a judicial probe into the matter.
On September 14,violence broke out in Masuri after desecrated pages of the Quran were found near Adhyatmik Nagar railway station.
The report,compiled by journalist Saeed Naqvi and Dr N K Bhattacharya,former principal of Motilal Nehru College,among others,said: To overcome the atmosphere of fear and establish full facts of the incident,to apportion responsibility for this tragedy involving the loss of six lives,it is important that a judicial probe,by a sitting judge of the High Court,should be conducted without delay. Administrative inquiry will only lead to a cover-up.
Raising questions on the role of police,the report said: Police firing was not only excessive,but also uncalled for. The situation could have been handled sparing the lives of people. The report also raised doubts on the polices version that a mob of around 5,000 people were armed,and said it was surprising that police had just one functioning weapon.
The police claim of the crowd possessing firearms also does not stand to scrutiny as these were not used against the police or any other person,while the police killed six of the crowd.
Elaborating the point,Naqvi said,If the crowd were carrying firearms and they outnumbered the police,how is it that no policeman was shot? Also if the mob wanted to destroy the police station,how is it that the petrol pump next door and an oil tanker inside the premises were spared? the report said.