‘Rajasthan govt responsible for Bharatpur riots’

Last Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 19:39

Bharatpur: The National Minority Commission
on Sunday held the Congress government in Rajasthan responsible
for the violent clashes between Mev Muslims and Gujjars in
Gopalgarh area of the district last month which left 10
persons dead.

The minority panel held that the local administration and
police had failed to act on time to control the violence
arising out of a land-related dispute on September 14 and said
initial findings showed use of excessive force during the
clashes in which over 20 people were also injured.

"The report (of NCM) is on its way to the Chief Minister`s
office. We will discuss the matter with him and see how we can
resolve this dispute between the Mev Muslims and the Gujjar
community," Minority Commission Chairman Wajahat Habibullah
told reporters.

An AICC fact finding team, in its report to party chief
Sonia Gandhi, also spoke of "police excesses" during the
riots.

Opposition BJP has charged the Congress government with
failing to save the lives of minorities.

With the issue acquiring a serious dimension, Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot has suspended Krishna Kunal and Hinglaj
Dan, who were posted as District Magistrate and Superintendent
of Police of Bharatpur when it witnessed communal violence.

The government has already ordered CBI and judicial probes
into the incident and announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to
the next of the kin of those killed and Rs 2 lakh to the
permanently disabled besides Rs 1 lakh to the seriously
injured.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 14:36

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