Judicial panel indicts SP, BJP leaders for 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots; blame game starts once again
Lucknow:Two years after Muzaffarnagar riots rocked Uttar Pradesh, the Judicial Commission has named several local Samajwadi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in the report, said sources on Thursday. According to sources, the report has also indicted some police officers, including the SHO of a local police station for failure to prevent the riots.The 775-page report has been submitted to the Governor and will be submitted to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday. The single member Justice (retired) Vishnu Sahai Commission recorded the statement of over 470 people including 100 officials.The 775-page report has been submitted to the Governor and will be submitted to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday. The single member Justice (retired) Vishnu Sahai Commission recorded the statement of over 470 people including 100 officials.It has once again started a blame game with the BJP accusing the SP government of trying to frame its leaders in the Muzaffarnagar riots.Commenting on the report, SP leader Gaurav Bhatia said, “BJP is promoting leaders who were part of the riots. It was BJP which was responsible for the riots.”The commission had been set up under the ‘Commission of Enquiry Act 1952’ on September 9, 2013, in the aftermath of the deadly riots in Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh that had singed other districts as well. The panel was also asked to investigate administrative lapses, if any, in controlling the violence in the last week of August 2013 which left about 60 dead and over 40,000 homeless.The commission, which was asked to submit its report in two months, took seven extensions and over two years.The police had already made several arrests and many accused are in jail with their cases under trial. The report will be tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and then it can be made public depending upon the state government’s prerogative.