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Katiyar tears apart State Govt on Aligarh riots

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) fire-brand leader Vinay Katiyar came down heavily on the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led State Government here on Monday. He said it was a ?mad race? between the Congress and the SP to present themselves as Muslim-friendly parties. Thus, efforts were being made by them to whip up communal passion in the State, he added.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 00:31 IST

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) fire-brand leader Vinay Katiyar came down heavily on the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led State Government here on Monday.

He said it was a ‘mad race’ between the Congress and the SP to present themselves as Muslim-friendly parties. Thus, efforts were being made by them to whip up communal passion in the State, he added.

Katiyar said Aligarh incidents were an attack on the innocent Hindus. He said during the violence, the son of a BJP leader was killed and his last rites were performed according to Islamic laws, stating that he was a Muslim.

Katiyar further said several hundred Muslim hooligans attacked the Hindus who were busy offering prayers on the occasion of Ram Navami. Katiyar also claimed that when the SSP and the district magistrate tried to prevent the attack on Hindus, they were also manhandled. Strangely, the State Government punished both the officers and removed them from the district.

He said while all other political parties were allowed to visit Aligarh, the BJP leaders were prevented from going there. Katiyar said, “Charges were framed against the likes of Kalyan Singh and other leaders and inquiries were set up when the Hindus demolished a disputed structure to pave the way for construction of Ram temple. However, nothing was done when several temples were destroyed in Aligarh.” Katiyar demanded setting up of an independent commission to probe Aligarh incidents.

Katiyar, who was on his way to Aligarh to take stock of the situation in the riot-hit district, was not prevented by the district administration from going there till the filing of the news.

Earlier, Kalyan Singh and Lalji Tandon were stopped by the administration from going to Aligarh.