New Delhi: A day after intelligence officers in Mathura revealed that the Uttar Pradesh government was warned about illegal arms in Jawahar Bagh, the BJP said on Friday that the revelation has exposed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav`s claim that no one knew about the explosives inside the park.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also reiterated its demand for a CBI inquiry into the Mathura violence which claimed 29 lives, including those of Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Sub-Inspector Santosh Yadav.
"The new revelation by the local intelligence unit has exposed Akhilesh Yadav, who claimed that no one knew how many explosives were inside. The unit says that 80 reports were sent to the Uttar Pradesh government in Lucknow but they were ignored," BJP Secretary Srikant Sharma told IANS.
In a sting operation, Inspector Munni Lal Gaur, chief of local intelligence unit in Mathura, revealed that the state`s top brass was warned about the dangers posed by the Jawaharbagh squatters, who were members of a cult gang.
"Why did Akhilesh Yadav ignore the intelligence inputs? He has done a crime by sending the police force to Jawahar Bagh area without full preparation despite having the intelligence inputs," Sharma said.
The BJP leader also reiterated the party`s demand for a CBI probe into the matter.
"Why is Akhilesh Yadav hesitating to hand over the case to the CBI," he asked.
A one-man commission headed by the Allahabad High Court`s Justice (retd) Mirza Imtiaz Murtaza has been set up to investigate the circumstances leading to the June 2 violence.
Training his guns at senior state minister Shivpal Yadav, who is also brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the BJP leader alleged the state government was trying to shield the perpetrators of the Mathura violence by not handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).