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Gopalgarh: Gehlot wants ‘facts,truth’ under wraps

While a judicial inquiry commission is still probing the death of 10 members of a minority community in police firing in Gopalgarh,Rajasthan,last September,the Ashok Gehlot government has requested that the “facts and truths” not be made public as this could affect the law and order situation

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2012 2:07:59 am

While a judicial inquiry commission is still probing the death of 10 members of a minority community in police firing in Gopalgarh,Rajasthan,last September,the Ashok Gehlot government has requested that the “facts and truths” not be made public as this could affect the law and order situation.

“The entire incident had created a lot of social tension in the area… As the reply of the state contains many facts & truths,it could have a bearing on the law and order of the entire area. Many anti-social elements could use the cited information to foment trouble and disrupt social harmony… Moreover,the same elements could use this information to affect the process of ongoing investigation & trial in various courts,” says an affidavit filed by the state government before the Justice Sunil Kumar Garg Commission recently. “You are,therefore,kindly requested to disallow any information to all concerned under RTI and other similar provisions.”

The one-member panel had been set up to look into the violence and police firing that also left 38 injured.

Secretary of the Commission T P Gupta said no decision had been taken yet on the government’s request. The panel may decide the matter at its next sitting scheduled on Wednesday.

Incidentally,the government had delayed filing its reply to the panel,which first set a deadline of January 4,2012,for this. Subsequently,the commission gave as many as four extensions of one month each to the government to file its reply. Seeking the extensions,the government counsel had said the facts/affidavits were ready but had to be “vetted” by the government.

A delegation of Congress MPs sent by Sonia Gandhi to Gopalgarh,Bharatpur,following the violence had held the police responsible for excesses,including firing inside the mosque. Rahul Gandhi had later visited Gopalgarh to meet the families of the victims.

CBI questions Nagar MLA

The CBI on Monday recorded the statement of BJP MLA from Rajasthan Anita Singh in connection with the 2011 Gopalgarh violence where 10 Meo Muslims were killed. Singh,MLA from Nagar in Bharatpur,appeared before the agency at its headquarters and was questioned at length. The agency will soon record the statement of Congress MLA Zahida Khan in connection with the case. The special CBI court in Jaipur had directed the agency to investigate the alleged role of Khan (from Kama) and Singh along with two others from the community. ENS

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