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Rajasthan govt responsible for Bharatpur riots: NCM

The National Minority Commission on Sunday held the Congress government in Rajasthan responsible for the violent clashes between Mev Muslims and Gujjars which killed 10 people in Gopalgarh area of the district last month.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2011 20:52 IST

The National Minority Commission on Sunday held the Congress government in Rajasthan responsible for the violent clashes between Mev Muslims and Gujjars which killed 10 people in Gopalgarh area of the district last month.

The minority panel held that the local administration and police had failed to act on time to control the violence arising out of a land-related dispute on September 14 and said initial findings showed use of excessive force during the clashes in which over 20 people were injured.

"The report (of NCM) is on its way to the chief minister's office. We will discuss the matter with him and see how we can resolve this dispute between the Mev Muslims and the Gujjar community," Minority Commission chairman Wajahat Habibullah told reporters.

An AICC fact finding team, in its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi, also spoke of "police excesses" during the riots.

Opposition BJP has charged the Congress government with failing to save the lives of minorities.

With the issue acquiring a serious dimension, chief minister Ashok Gehlot has suspended Krishna Kunal and Hinglaj Dan, who were posted as district magistrate and superintendent of police of Bharatpur when it witnessed communal violence.

The government has already ordered CBI and judicial probes into the incident and announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of those killed and Rs 2 lakh to the permanently disabled besides Rs 1 lakh to the seriously injured.