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No judicial probe: Govt

THE GOVERNMENT on Friday rejected the opposition demand for a judicial inquiry into the March 3 Lucknow riots.The issue was raised in the Vidhan Sabha by Suresh Srivastava, Suresh Tiwari and Vidya Sagar (all BJP) through an adjournment notice.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 01:59 IST

THE GOVERNMENT on Friday rejected the opposition demand for a judicial inquiry into the March 3 Lucknow riots.

The issue was raised in the Vidhan Sabha by Suresh Srivastava, Suresh Tiwari and Vidya Sagar (all BJP) through an adjournment notice.

Speaking on the admissibility of the notice, Srivastava said the riots resulted from total failure of the administrative machinery.

Suresh Tiwari (BJP) blamed the Samajwadi Party for vitiating communal atmosphere and said that announcement of Rs 51 crore ‘supari’ for killing a Swedish cartoonist by Haji Yaqub, a minister, added fuel to the fire but the Government had not taken any action against the minister. He underlined the need for a fool-proof plan to deal effectively with such situation and regretted that inordinate delay in arriving of the police at the trouble spots gave enough time to rioters to indulge in violence.

All the three BJP legislators demanded a judicial probe.

Pramod Tiwari (Congress) linked the increasing number of communal clashes in different parts of the state to the coming Vidhan Sabha elections. He said the riots were being engineered by vested interests with an eye on respective vote banks. Why precautionary measures were not taken when it was known that Muslims would take out a procession, Tiwari asked. He further said that inadequate force due to President’s visit was yet another factor which caused delay in bringing the situation under control. Tiwari alleged that the senior BJP leaders, who had visited the troubled areas, incited people.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 01:59 IST