'Mulayam to raise encounter issue with PM'
SP leader Amar Singh says that since he failed to get an assurance from PM on a probe into Jamia encounter issue, Mulayam Singh Yadav will raise the issue during the UPA-SP meeting.india Updated: Oct 08, 2008 13:47 IST
Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a judicial probe into the Jamia Nagar encounter, but failed to get an assurance from him.
"I raised the issue for a judicial probe with the PM. But as I was not assured anything on it, my party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will raise the issue during the UPA-SP coordination committee meeting likely on October 14," Singh told reporters outside the PMO.
He claimed the SP was concerned about the sense of insecurity gripping the minority community after the Jamia Nagar encounter. "The attacks on Muslims in Assam and violence against them in Maharashtra has created a sense of insecurity...The SP is concerned about it," he said.
Singh had an hour-long meeting with the prime minister in the presence of the National Security Advisor M K Narayanan this morning where they discussed the "attacks on the minority community" and the Indo-US nuclear deal.
The SP leader said he had not demanded the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil following the encounter. "The media had raised questions on the authenticity of the encounter...I had only suggested that maintaining the Congress tradition, the Home Minister should step down pending a judicial probe," he said.
The SP leader maintained that if the judicial probe indicted those arrested after the encounter, "the police was free to shoot them. But they are innocent till proven guilty".