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Bharatpur case: Two women MLAs booked

india Updated: Oct 02, 2011 01:18 IST
HT Correspondent

The Rajasthan police have filed cases against two women legislators from Bharatpur district in connection with last month's clash between Meo Muslims and Gujjars in Gopalgarh.

Ten people were killed in the violence and ensuing police firing on September 14 over a plot of land. The Gujjars, who claim ownership of the land, were opposed to Meo Muslims using it as a graveyard.

Zahida Khan, Congress legislator from Kaman, has been booked on charges of instigating Meo Muslims to attack Gujjars and the police. She has also been booked on charges of attempt to murder.

"Khan was present at a mosque in Gopalgarh that became the centrestage of the violence," said Vikas Kumar, superintendent of police, Bharatpur district.

Gujjar leaders have alleged that Khan instigated people in the mosque to attack Gujjars and to thrash the police party that came to control the mob.

Anita Singh, BJP legislator from Nagar, has also been booked for creating a ruckus in Gopalgarh police station following the incident, the police said.

"Singh's presence at the police station hindered police personnel from delivering their duties," Kumar said. "So far 25 cases have been registered in the incident."

Kumar said police would initiate a probe on the charges levelled by people of both communities once peace is restored in the area.

On Wednesday, chief minister Ashok Gehlot held a high-level meeting to review the situation in Gopalgarh. He ordered the suspension of three senior officers for failing to control the violence.