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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Mulayam should have been booked for firing on ‘karsewaks’: Katiyar

cities Updated: May 30, 2017 23:50 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

BJP leader Vinay Katiyar on Tuesday targeted Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav saying that a case should have been lodged against the former chief minister over the firing by police on ‘karsewaks’ in Ayodhya in 1990.

Katiyar’s comments came after a special CBI court framed charges under section 120(B) of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) in a 1992 Babri mosque demolition case against him, BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, among others.

“He (Mulayam) himself has admitted that 16 people were killed. He murdered them, he should be booked for it. Babri Masjid was not there, the place belongs to the Ram temple and even the high court has passed the order,” Katiyar alleged.

He was asked to comment on the framing of charges against him and others by a CBI court.

“I don’t want to say anything on this, the court has to take the decision and we will follow it,” he added.

Katiyar insisted that “there was no conspiracy as the structure was razed openly” by a big crowd.

“It is not right and there is no scope for conspiracy charges against us. It was not a conspiracy as whatever had happened had happened openly and lakhs of people were there. There could not be any conspiracy involving such a huge crowd,” said Katiyar.

“It is good that the court is hearing the case on a daily basis, but the hearing itself should not have taken place as it is not appropriate to charge a few when lakhs of people were present at the scene.”

The BJP leader claimed that he had not delivered a speech on December 6, 1992, when the 16th-century structure was demolished in Ayodhya.

First Published: May 30, 2017 23:49 IST