BJP demands case against Maya, Siddiqui

BJP demanded lodging of cases against UP CM Mayawati, her cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui, alleging that they gave patronage to "mining mafia".

Sonebhadra (UP): BJP today demanded lodging
of cases against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, her
cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui and senior officials,
alleging that they gave patronage to "mining mafia" due to
which the mishap in which 10 people were killed in a stone
mine here took place.

"We demand lodging of FIRs against Mayawati, Siddiqui,
senior officers, including District Magistrate, for giving
patronage to mining mafia...The tragic incident took place as
administration turned blind eye towards the mafia, who are
relatives of BSP leaders including its state president Swami
Prasad Maurya," BJP state chief Surya Pratap Shahi alleged.
He was in the district to take stock of the situation.
At least 10 people were killed on February 27 when a
stone mine caved in Obra area. The cause of the incident was
stated to be illegal mining.

Shahi said BJP would constitute a five-member committee
comprising revenue, environment and mining experts to probe
the incident and also give its recommendations for the
betterment of labourers who are being exploited here.

"The illegal minings grew in the area due to blessing
of the state government," he said.

Claiming that mining in the district was against the SC
orders, Shahi alleged after the incident the district
administrate started rescue operation very late due to which
injured labourers could not be provided timely relief.

He demanded that the state government should provide Rs
10 lakh compensation to the family of those who died in the
accident and Rs 2.5 lakh to the injured.

Shahi also announced Rs 25 lakh from the party fund to
the family of the deceased and Rs 10,000 to the injured.