Members of Parliament of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday voiced concern over the riots in Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and pressed for a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) and punishment to the guilty.
Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra (SAD) said it was a serious matter. All parties should rise above politics and ensure that such things do not happen, he said. As per the high court order, the disputed land belong to the gurdwara, Chandumajra said, adding that shops of Sikhs were looted by anti-social elements, resulting in a loss of about Rs 200 crore.
He demanded that the government should pay compensation and miscreants should be identified and punished.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath (BJP) said anti-social elements in Uttar Pradesh were being protected by those in power and an SIT probe should be conducted.
Adityanath said so far this year, there had been 65 communal clashes in the state and 15 people had lost their lives. In 2013, 247 clashes had happened and 89 people were killed, he claimed.