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Aligarh riots could have been averted

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar on Saturday said the Aligarh riots could have been averted if appropriate steps had been taken at the right time. The Governor, who visited the city to take stock of the situation, was speaking to mediapersons here. He visited riot-torn localities like Kanwariganj Farsh Sabzimandi, Upper Fort and Dahiwali Gali. He also visited the premises of a makeshift temple in Dahiwali Gali from where communal violence broke out.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 01:13 IST

Meerut: Rajeswar plays it cool

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar on Saturday said the Aligarh riots could have been averted if appropriate steps had been taken at the right time.

The Governor, who visited the city to take stock of the situation, was speaking to mediapersons here. He visited riot-torn localities like Kanwariganj Farsh Sabzimandi, Upper Fort and Dahiwali Gali. He also visited the premises of a makeshift temple in Dahiwali Gali from where communal violence broke out.

The Governor met members of 32 delegations, including leaders of political parties like the Congress, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party from whom he also received memorandums.

Rajeswar denied the allegation that his visits to Aligarh and Meerut amounted to interferring with the functioning of the elected State Government.

He avoided making any comment on the existing law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. Regarding the charges levelled about administrative lapses, the Governor said the real picture would emerge only after the receipt of the report  of the commission which was probing the incidents of communal violence.

Meanwhile, the Governor maintained silence on the State Government’s handling of the situation that arose after the recent fire tragedy in Meerut. On many occasions, the Governor had criticised the government on various issues.

During his brief Press conference, he ducked all controversial queries related to the State Government. On whether the Union Government had asked him to submit a report regarding the functioning of the government, the Governor said, “No comments.”

His reaction was similar to a query on whether conditions were fit to impose  President’s Rule in the State.

On his assessment of the fire tragedy, he said many delegations of political parties and  people had met and briefed him.

He said he would look into their demands.

Meanwhile, waiting for their turn to meet the Governor for quite a long time, RLD leaders lost patience and raised anti-administration slogans. They accused officials of giving extra time to Congress delegations. The situation was brought under control quickly.

This was yet another instance of the administration’s laxity during a VIP visit. Earlier, they had to face an embarrassing situation during the chief minister’s visit. The CM was heckled by a mob at Victoria Park.

Besides, at many times, officials were cornered by a mob and leaders during visits of various VIPs.

The Governor  assured the widow of Manoj Rana that he would recommend to the CM to provide her with a job. Manoj had braved the blaze to save  many lives before succumbing to burn injuries. He was the family’s sole breadwinner.

Raising doubts about an ongoing inquiry, city MLA Dr Luxmikant Vajpayee urged the Governor to direct officials to release details of the stalls put up in the fair and the staff.  “Without an inquiry, how can they (officers) claim that all those manning those stalls were safe,” questioned the MLA.