Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s refusal on Monday to allow a Bharatiya Janata Party MP to raise the Bareilly communal violence issue created a ruckus in the House, forcing adjournment.
Maneka Gandhi wanted to discuss the matter in the Lok Sabha a day after the Uttar Pradesh Police prevented her from reaching Bareilly, 270 km west of Lucknow.
She was heading a three-member probe team formed by her party to investigate what lay behind the communal clashes.
When the House reassembled, members of the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the BJP criticised the UP government for the way it handled the matter and sought the Centre’s intervention.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said Muslims were the worst-affected in the violence. “What did the state government do to prevent it and bring it (violence) under control?”
Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav flayed the UP government for preventing political leaders from Bareilly and nearby areas to visit the city.
“In the last 10 years, Bareilly was never under curfew for 14 continuous days,” he said.
“Justice has not been done. Each community feels unsafe in Uttar Pradesh,” Maneka Gandhi said.
Curfew was relaxed from 10 am to 2 pm in Bareilly on Monday.
Such a relaxation was made for the second time since communal violence started in the city on March 2.
Children came out and shook hands with Rapid Action Force personnel, with a request — “Let us play.” The troopers, who were in a light mood, joked with them. “We are bored, keeping vigil on empty roads. Now things look much better,” a policeman said.