Muzaffarnagar riots panel report an eyewash, attempt to shield Sawajwadi Party: Mayawati

Mayawati said the Akhilesh Yadav government might be feeling a sense of relief following the report, but warned "it would have to face the consequences".

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016, 00:54 AM IST
Muzaffarnagar riots panel report an eyewash, attempt to shield Sawajwadi Party: Mayawati

Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati today rejected the report of one-man judicial commission that probed the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots, tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly yesterday, alleging it was an "eyewash" to save the Samajwadi Party government.

Claiming that due to public pressure the government was forced to constitute the Vishnu Sahai judicial commission, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said, "The report is an eyewash and has disappointed the justice loving people, as the lackadaisical attitude of the government had done in the past".

Mayawati alleged the report also proved that the work of judicial commissions was "not to punish the guilty and deliver justice to affected people, but to give clean chit to the government".

She said even Congress and BJP governments had done the same in the past.

Mayawati said the Akhilesh Yadav government might be feeling a sense of relief following the report, but warned "it would have to face the consequences".

She said time has come for 'sarv samaj', especially the Muslim community, to think what would be the value of their lives, property and religion if SP government were to remain in power.

Securing security and justice for poor, women, farmers, unemployed, Dalits, religious minorities, especially Muslims during the BJP rule at the Centre and SPs in the state has not only become difficult, but almost impossible, she alleged.

She said keeping it in mind "the bitter truth", these sections have to remain alert and take political steps to protect their interests.

The BSP supremo alleged that during the Muzaffarnagar riots, there was heavy loss of life and property as there was "clear understanding" between the SP government and BJP.

She said the attitude of the government towards people displaced during the riots was "insensitive and inhumane".

As far as ensuring justice to the affected people was concerned, the government failed to take action against BJP leaders, who were prima facie guilty, Mayawati said.

Mayawati alleged, "Due to lackadaisical approach of the government the rioters and conspirators roamed like heroes".

The one-man judicial commission of inquiry that went into the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots has concluded intelligence failure and laxity on the part of police led to the violence that left 62 people dead but is silent on the role of the Akhilesh Yadav government in the conflagration.

700-page report of the Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission also accused the media of putting out exaggerated reports and spreading rumours that fuelled violence.