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Aligarh riots: Heads roll, probe ordered

IN A late evening development, the State Government ordered a high level inquiry into the communal clashes and administrative lapses in Aligarh. It also placed under suspension district magistrate Rajesh Kumar Singh and district police chief Ajay Anand, who were earlier transferred from their respective posts.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 01:14 IST

IN A late evening development, the State Government ordered a high level inquiry into the communal clashes and administrative lapses in Aligarh. It also placed under suspension district magistrate Rajesh Kumar Singh and district police chief Ajay Anand, who were earlier transferred from their respective posts.

CO City NP Singh and inspector Kotwali Yashvir Singh have also been placed under suspension. This is in addition to the suspension of ADM City Satya Bhan and SP City SK Verma. Bhubaneshwar Singh will be the new district magistrate and Akhil Kumar the new SSP.

An official press release said a two-member inquiry committee comprising principal secretary, Agriculture, Arun Kumar Mishra and DG, PHQ Allahabad, SK Rizvi had been asked to submit its report within a week. The committee had also been asked to fix responsibility for lapses and suggest measures to ensure that such incidents did not take place again.

Meanwhile, the toll in Thursday’s violence went up to five with recovery of one more body from Bhujpura area on Friday.

A youth was also shot at in the Shashni Gate area this afternoon. Curfew continued in five police station areas of the city. Principal secretary, Home, Satish Kumar Agarwal, however, said the incident took place out of the curfew bound area. The youth had been admitted to hospital and his condition was critical, he said. The situation was under control, he said adding patrolling had been intensified and officers had been asked to take strict action against trouble mongers.

Replying to a question Agarwal said the district administration was prima facie responsible for administrative laxity. Agarwal, however, did not elaborate further.

Agarwal only confirmed four deaths and said the body recovered in the Bhojpura area was not linked to communal clashes. Eighteen injured persons had been hospitalised, he said.

Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal visited the riot hit city.

Talking to media persons, Jaiswal demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents and announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2.5 lakh to those killed in violence and Rs 50000 to those who have sustained serious injuries. A sum of Rs 25,000 would be given to those with minor injuries, he said. Reports from Aligarh said the High School and Intermediate and university examinations in curfew bound areas had been deferred. Former city BJP MLA K K Navman had been taken into custody on charges of instigating riots, sources said adding that more than 100 arrests had been made under both preventive and substantive offences.

Leader of the Opposition in the UP Assembly Lalji Tandon was detained at Kanpur while on his way to visit the riot-affected areas in the town, police sources said in Lucknow.

He was taken to the Circuit House in Kanpur and later let off. The BJP leader left for Lucknow by road.Tandon told reporters that the SP-led government had failed to control voilence in the state.