SP blames police for Moradabad violence
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 18:54
Lucknow: Opposition SP on Wednesday blamed the Uttar Pradesh police for the communal tension in Moradabad, even as the state government rejected their view saying adequate security men have been deployed in the town to prevent any untoward incident.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour in the Assembly, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan cited a similar incident in 1980 and said had the police been prompt, it could have warded off yesterday's violence after which curfew was imposed in certain areas in the town.

He asked the government to ensure security to people observing roza, and said any tension in place like Moradabad, known for its brass work internationally, also affects business.

Leader of Opposition Shipal Singh Yadav regretted that even at the time when there is a discussion on such an important issue, the Chief Minister is not present in the House, while blaming the police for the last night incident.

In reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma termed the incident as unfortunate, and said the government has taken steps to control the situation.

He noted that curfew has been imposed in six police station areas. Eleven people have been injured in the violence, of whom one has been referred to a Delhi hospital while two others are undergoing treatment at the district hospital, the minister said, adding, the rest have been discharged after first-aid.

Verma said 50 people have been arrested in connection with the incident and 10 companies of the PAC, four of RAF have been deployed, while three other companies of the RAF have been summoned.

ADG security is camping in the town, he said.

Congress members protesting against the deteriorating law and order in the state staged a walkout even before the minister completed his reply.

BJP raised the issue of use of batons on ABVP workers in Lucknow yesterday, to which Lalji Verma said the police action was justified as the protesters went unruly.


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 18:54

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