August 17, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (August 17, 2014): It is learnt that a five-member committee headed by UP Minister Shivpal Yadav that was probing the July 16 violence in Saharanpur has submitted it’s report. In it’s report the Saharanpur Incident probe panel has blamed administrative lapses for the incident and questioned the role of the BJP.
Samajwadi Party’s General Secretary Naresh Agarwal said: “[t]he report has been submitted by the committee to Chief Minister in which a BJP MP has also been named, besides laxity of administrative officers”
Meanwhile the BJP has come forward with the rebuttal of the probe committee report. BJP has termed the report as politically motivated.
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, SP general secretary Naresh 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.
According to media reports the committee in its report has said that a local BJP MP provoked the rioters which led to attempts to torch shops.
It also pointed that the administration became active only after the violence broke out.
Reacting to the report, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said 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.
Violence erupted in Kutubsher area of Saharanpur on July 26 as members of Muslim community instigated by one Muharram Ali Pappu attacked Sikhs. The violence had claimed three lives and left more than 20 people injured.
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