Magisterial probe ordered into violence outside BJP ‘s office on January 29 in Shimla, the day when Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh led a Youth Congress protest, failed to give any definite conclusion on the clash, which had left 16 persons including two policemen injured.
The report says that the violence was a result of mob mentality and gave the police a clean chit.
D K Rattan, Shimla’s Additional District Magistrate (ADM), who headed the probe on Friday submitted a 147-page report to Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra that gave reasons for failure to reach conclusions as BJP decided not to join the probe.
The opposition party, which had accused Vikramaditya Singh for the violence, had submitted a memorandum to Governor Kalyan Singh on January 30 seeking a CBI probe or setting-up an inquiry by sitting High Court judge.
The report said “No definite conclusion could be reached regarding circumstances which led to scuffle and it cannot established who started the scuffle first, because of non-joining of the state BJP into the enquiry. Their (BJP’s) version and rebuttal was important to find clear reasons for the scuffle,” the ADM reported.
Rattan, however, maintained that there was no personal enmity between two warring groups and gave an impression that the violence was neither pre-planned nor engineered by the Youth Congress.
In some oblique references to discount the BJP charges against Vikramaditya Singh, the ADM ‘s report says the Youth Congress had given an intimation to SHO a day before the incident and had also informed Superintendent of Police (Shimla) D W Negi.
“Intimation was given personally by Vikramaditya Singh on telephone to leader of opposition (Prem Kumar Dhumal) the morning before the day of the incident. A total number of 250 to 300 youth activists participated in the protest against 60 to 70 BJP workers who were present at the office and were adamant not to allow the Youth Congress to hold demonstration,” the report reads.
The inquiry officer said that the BJP workers were holding flags with bamboo sticks and shouting slogans. They also refused to allow the Youth Congress workers to pass towards Chakkar byepass via their office.
Rattan has suggested that processions or rallies be videographed and no obstructions should be caused to essential services like ambulances, fire brigades and educational institutions vehicles.