The government must implement the recommendations of the Srikrishna Commission, set up to enquire into the bloody Mumbai riots of 1993, to ensure that Muslims do not feel alienated, the CPI (M) has suggested.
On August 6, it would be nine years since the Commission submitted its findings. "The report was the product of five years of intensive fact findings by the Commission and in its final recommendations; it could identify the criminals and made specific recommendations for bringing them to book," CPI (M) MP Hannan Mollah wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Mollah said that the "cause and effect" relationship between the Mumbai riots, which followed the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, and the Mumbai blasts that followed in March 1993 was established "more than adequately" in the report. While those behind the Mumbai blasts have been indicted, why are those responsible for the riots being allowed to roam free, Mollah asked.
Quoting from the report, Mollah wrote: "from January 8, 1993, there is no doubt that Shiv Sena took the lead in organizing attacks on Muslims and their properties under the guidance of several leaders from the Sakha Pramukh to Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray who like a veteran general commanded the loyal Shiv Sainiks to retaliate by organising attacks against Muslims."
"But unfortunately, the report gathered dust and the Congress-led government of Maharashtra slept over the Report without feeling any bite on their conscience," the CPI (M) MP said.
The Commission, Mollah wrote, identified 31 police officers of different ranks who allegedly killed Muslims directly or helped Sainiks to kill Muslims. "But instead of punishing the criminal police, the Congress government has promoted at least 10 of those policemen," he alleged.
Mollah said that the government should urgently implement the report to assuage any feeling among Muslims that the authorities have not been impartial.