Bharatpur violence: NCM team to meet Gehlot

Last Updated: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 20:41

New Delhi: A National Minority Commission
team headed by its chief Wajahat Habibullah will meet Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot next month to suggest ways to improve relations between Gujjar and Meo communities in Bharatpur district, hit by communal violence last month.

"We have asked for a meeting with the Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot on 3rd or 4th of November. We will go and discuss how
we can help them (Rajasthan government) find a remedy for the
situation in Bharatpur," National Commission for Minorities
(NCM) Chairman Wajahat Habibullah told here.

He said the incident was "mishandled" by the police, which provoked the sentiments of people there.
"The NCM team, which visited Bharatpur, has come back with
a conclusion that the matter was mishandled by the police, the
administration mishandled it. Of course there were mischievous
elements who made most of the situation, but police too
panicked for which there was no need," Habibullah said.

Nine people from the minority community were killed in
Bharatpur in September during a police firing inside a mosque
Elaborating the purpose of meeting Rajasthan CM,
Habibullah said the Commission is more concerned about
restoring peace and harmony in Bharatpur.

"Our concern is not so much about action against those
guilty but restoration of communal harmony and confidence
between communities there. In our view that is most important.
In our commission, we regard this as the precious heritage of
India which has to be preserved at any cost," he said.


First Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 20:41

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