Holding A lax Gorakhpur administration responsible for communal clashes in the city, state Congress and the BJP on Sunday said that their apprehensions that the communal atmosphere would be vitiated for political gains in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections had proved correct.
Talking to reporters here on Sunday, UP Congress committee spokesman, Dwijendra Tripathi said that the communal tension in Gorakhpur could have been nipped in the bud, but for the dubious intentions of the Samajwadi Party, which was bent on engineering communal riots to polarise Muslim votes. He alleged that the Gorakhpur trouble-makers enjoyed patronage of the SP.
Tripathi regretted that the entire government machinery and bureaucracy was at the service of a ‘manager’ of the SP and busy singing ‘happy birthday’ to Amar Singh and welcoming some of his filmy friends at Vindhyachal.
Demanding an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of those who died in the clashes and immediate arrest of the culprits, state BJP president, Keshari Nath Tripathi said that the appeasement policy of the SP was responsible for the clashes. What was the police doing when rioters pulled out Rajkumar Agrahari from the police vehicle and killed him in the presence of district administration officials, he asked.
Tripathi alleged that the police, at the behest of the SP, were providing shelter to the trouble-makers while BJP leaders, workers and Yogi Adityanath were being arrested and implicated in fake cases.
He said that miscreants had beaten up some Hindus in police presence while the procession of Moharrum was being taken out in Kazipur area on January 24 and the FIR was lodged only after the BJP threatened an agitation. The very next day, the same miscreants misbehaved with some women in Khoonipur Sahabganj locality while Agrahari was killed on January 26 and later, houses of Hindus were set on fire, Tripathi said. The police acted only on January 27 and imposed curfew after the BJP held a demonstration.
Tripathi demanded a high-level inquiry to probe the communal clashes and reiterated his demand of president’s rule in the state.