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Karontha clash: 12 days on, magisterial probe ordered by CM yet to begin

india Updated: May 24, 2013 23:56 IST
Sat Singh
Sat Singh
Hindustan Times
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A magisterial probe to fix responsibility of a violent clash, which had left three dead and more than 100 injured at Karontha village of the district on May 12, ordered by the Haryana chief minister is yet to be started.

Even after 12 days of the incident, the officials concerned are of the viewpoint that they will not be able to begin the investigation for another two weeks due to the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections scheduled for June 2.

Additional deputy commissioner RC Birdhan, who was appointed the head of the investigating team, said: “We got busy with the civil body elections and could not work on the magisterial probe ordered by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.”

On being asked as to when the probe will begin, he said: “We will start investigating the case after the results of the civic body polls are announced on June 4.”

Birdhan said: “Everyone will be given an opportunity to explain their point of view about the clash. The matter will be investigated from all angles and all aspects raised by the complainants will be probed.”

Three persons were killed, including a woman, and more than 100 were injured in a clash at Karontha village, 12 km from here, when followers of the Arya Samaj marched towards the Satlok Ashram in order to get it evacuated on May 12.

Police personnel had to open fire to disperse the mob, who retailed with stones and torching vehicles.

Following a public outcry over the violent incident, the chief minister had ordered a magisterial probe to investigate as to what had led to the violent situation.

Arya Samajis and Sant Rampal supporters had held the district administration and the state government responsible for the violent situation as they had submitted several memoranda to the district administration, seeking an amicable solution.

On May 11, a day before the clash, the sarpanch of Karontha village, too, had submitted a written request to the district administration to avert the possible clash between Arya Samajis and Sant Rampal supporters in their village.

The district administration had been mum on the reasons of clash and why they did not prevent it despite having ample time and several requests for an amicable solution from both the sides.