Saharanpur violence: BJP leaders wanted to take out procession in village whose 85% population is Muslim
There should be a judicial probe into the incident of clash between two communities in Saharanpur on April 20 and all accused should be arrested: Akhilesh Yadav
Lucknow, April 27: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday demanded a judicial probe into the Saharanpur violence where BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal and other party leaders allegedly incited a mob that indulged in communal rioting and vandalized the official residence of district's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).
Akhilesh's demand has come following the report of a fact-finding committee constituted to look into the 20th April incident in Saharanpur.
"There should be a judicial probe into the incident of clash between two communities in Saharanpur on April 20 and all accused should be arrested. It will be a test of the BJP government as to when it will arrest MP Raghav Lakhanpal, Deoband MLA Kunwar Vijendra Singh, BJP leader Amit Gagneja and the other accused who incited the communal incident," Akhilesh Yadav said in a press conference at the party headquarters here on Wednesday.
Akhilesh said that the language used by BJP leaders was a "threat to democracy". "The way in which morale of police and administration has come down in the present regime will not take the state forward," he said.
The Saharanpur BJP leaders wanted to take out a procession on 14th April to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar in the Muslim-dominated Dudhli village but they were not allowed to do so by the district administration.
However, on 20th April, some BJP leaders led by MP Raghav Lakhanpal took out the procession forcibly in Dudhli village of Saharanpur, said the report, resulting in a clash between some members of two communities in which many were injured including BJP leaders and the police.
When they were not allowed to carry on the procession, they led a mob to the residence of the Saharanpur SSP to protest. The mob allegedly vandalized there, damaged a CCTV camera and removed SSP's nameplate from the main gate. The police officer himself was not at the residence. His family members including children were terrified by seeing the mob.
The fact-finding report also countered the BJP's allegation that only they were not allowed to hold the procession.
"The population of Dudhli village, 3-4 kms from Saharanpur district headquarters, is 13000, some 85% of them are from minority community and rest 15% from Scheduled Castes. In the past also, there has been tension over procession on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. In view of that tension, the district administration has not allowed procession in the village in the last 11 years," said the Samajwadi Party's enquiry team in its report.
In the 4-page report, the committee further said that "the conspiracy hatched by BJP to take out procession on Ambdedkar Jayanti could have set entire Saharanpur afire." It demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
"In view of the seriousness of the incident, this enquiry team demands a judicial probe into the whole incident," demanded the five-member enquiry team comprising Mahboob Ali (MLA and ex-minister), Moolchand Chauhan (ex-minister), Manoj Paras (MLA and ex-minister), Ghulam Muhammad (ex-MLA) and Sanjay Garg (MLA and ex-minister).
Fact-finding report of Samajwadi Party's enquiry committee