The opposition is blaming the police for the outbreak of violence and terming it a failure of law and order and intelligence. Was the police force was not enough to control the mob?
Police deployment was adequate. It is wrong to say that this is a law and order failure. We had enough police personnel [to control] the number of people anticipated to be at Azad Maidan.But why the mob went out of hand and the police lost control despite this deployment are matters of investigation.
What is commendable is that police had the situation under control within an hour and [the violence] was confined to the Azad Maidan area. As far as specific intelligence of such an incident is concerned, there was none.
What are you doing to make sure that this incident does not cause any reaction and create a communal situation?
Right now, the situation is under control and we have declared a high-alert in some communally sensitive areas, where now there are enough policemen to keep a watch.
We have also appealed to all, including religious groups and political parties, to not react to the situation and to ignore rumors.
Are you going to initiate action against Raza Academy following this incident?
We will find out what happened at the spot and investigate if Raza Academy played any role in creating this situation. Only then will we decide on the action to be taken against the group.