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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

CPI-ML to launch statewide stir against custodial deaths

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 23, 2013
First Published: 11:47 IST(23/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:50 IST(23/7/2013)

Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (CPIML) national general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya on Monday alleged the Samajwadi Party government had failed to maintain law and order in the state.

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He said the CPI-ML would launch a statewide agitation from Tuesday against custodial deaths, crime against women and dalits.

Bhattacharya alleged the government was shielding police officers by “not publicising the report of the Nimesh Commission” which probed the arrest of two young men on terror charges in 2007.

He made the comment though the state cabinet has already accepted the report and promised to present it, along with the action taken report, in the coming session of the UP legislature.

The RD Nimesh Commission was set up by the BSP government to investigate the arrest of Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid after serial blasts in Lucknow, Faizabad, Varanasi and Gorakhpur in November 2007.

Khalid died in police custody in May this year.

“Even after the custodial death of Khalid Mujahid, the government is not bringing the Nimesh Commission report in public. It seems that with the unfortunate death of Khalid, the government plans to brush aside the report as well,” said Bhattacharya.

He was in the state capital to participate in the ongoing protest on the same issue by Rihai Manch at Dharna Sthal.

Rihai Manch has been holding its protest for over two months now.

Expressing concern over the custodial death of Mujahid and ‘rising crime’ against women across Uttar Pradesh, the CPIML leader said the SP government had not lived up to the expectations of the people who voted it to power as they were upset with the BSP government.

He claimed the government was remaining a mute spectator though communal tension was flaring up in the state.

“The government is not acting to control the volatile communal atmosphere in the state for its political benefits.

Keeping in view short-term benefits, it is doing a long-term damage to the country,” he added.

He called for defeating the Congress and BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabaha polls.


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