CM rejects demand of judicial probe into clashes at Paonta

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday rejected opposition Congress' demand for a judicial probe into the violent clashes between two communities at Paonta Sahib in May last year.

Immediately after the Question Hour in the state Assembly, Dhumal made a statement into the incidents and said police investigations were in progress.

Congress members Kaul Singh, Gangu Ram Mussafir and Harshwardhan said it was a serious and sensitive matter and a judicial probe by a High Court judge should be ordered.

Giving details of the incident, Dhumal said five members of "bhati" community were attacked by some members of another community in which three persons and were killed and three others were injured.

This incident triggered further incidences of violence between the two communities, Dhumal said and added that the police had already arrested eight persons while three others were absconding.