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‘Bagwan will be punished if found guilty in Sangli riots’

The drama being played out in Sangli with outgoing Superintendent of Police naming Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and mayor, Moinuddin Bagwan as responsible for the infamous Miraj riots can be tracked to the rivalry between Home Minister R.R. Patil and his party colleague, rural development minister Jayant Patil.

mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:54 IST

The drama being played out in Sangli with outgoing Superintendent of Police naming Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and mayor, Moinuddin Bagwan as responsible for the infamous Miraj riots can be tracked to the rivalry between Home Minister R.R. Patil and his party colleague, rural development minister Jayant Patil.

Both hail from Sangli and don’t enjoy a great rapport. Bagwan is currently absconding.

On Wednesday, R.R. Patil said, “If found guilty, Bagwan will be suspended from the party membership and we will take necessary action against him.”

This reaction comes two days after outgoing Superintendent of Police Krishna Prakash named Bagwan responsible for the riots.

According to Prakash, on May 28, the police had imposed nakabandi in the town while issuing arrest orders of Bagwan. But the accused slipped out from the town, evading the arrest, Prakash had said.

Prakash, who was close to R.R Patil has been transferred to Ahmednagar but his revelation has caused embarrassment for the NCP.

Jayant Patil is also facing flak for allegedly shielding Bagwan.

Jayant Patil is considered as Bagwan’s mentor since he got elected to the post after Patil’s initiative to win civic polls on the basis of alliance of small parties.

Patil had expressed surprise at the SP’s sudden announcement but said, “Whosoever is guilty should be brought to book. Police should see to this.’’

Jayant, who did a stint as the home minister after R.R. Patil’s ousted post 26/11 terror attacks, had been critical of Patil’s handling of the home department.

R.R. had also blamed him, then finance minister, for not spending enough funds for police modernisation.