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Enquiry Commission blames SIMI
By Obaid Nasir,
|The Kanpur police has arrested Haji
Atiq and his friend Shafat in connection with the murder of the then Addl.
District Magistrate SP Pathak during communal riots in the city on 16
March this year.
Earlier, toeing the familiar line of Sangh Parivar and other anti Muslim
forces in the country, the SK Mukharjee Committee which probed the Kanpur
riots that rocked the economic capital of the state has fully blamed the
Students Islamic Movement of India ( SIMI) for the tragedy.
Mr Mukharjee has finalized his report that will be presented to the
government soon. According to him 'the riots were planned and the arrests
on the basis of the inputs provided by the intelligence bureau (IB) have
confirmed that the SIMI has a hand in the riot.'
This is for the first time that the committee has made its findings public
even before presenting it to the government. The normal course is that the
commission presents its report to the government and the government
spokesman usually briefs the press about the report but in his enthusiasm
to nail the SIMI and satisfy the ego of his political boss, Mr Mukharjee
broke the convention and briefed the press about its findings.
Mr Mukharjee said the SIMI leaders were seeking an opportunity to spark
communal riot in the city and got the opportunity on March 16. The
commission is probing as to how and where the processionists got the
weapons to use against the police force on their way to Naveen market. It
is also probing the role of the 11 member committee which had given the
call to protest against the burning of the Holy Qur'an by the VHP workers
in Delhi which sparked off countrywide protest by Muslims. One member of
the said committee, Mr Muhammad Suleman, has already been booked under
National Security Act (NSA) and another member, Dr Abrar Ahmad, has been
arrested on charges of fomenting communal violence and hatching the
conspiracy for the communal riot.
Mr Mukharjee also exposed the role and attitude of Muslim leaders who met
him. According to Mr Mukharjee all of them blamed the police for excessive
use of force but none of them threw light on the events of previous day
that led to the riot (Muslims term it as police action).
The commission has directed the district administration to provide it the
so called objectionable poster and details of the website (Yahoo) from
which it was downloaded. The commission has also lambasted the Local
Intelligence Unit (LIU) and termed it as callous and negligent. Blaming
the district administration Mr Mukharjee said had it taken prompt action
after the events of the previous day the tragedy could have been averted.
'They failed to read the writing on the wall' he remarked.
The administration failed to react when appeals were made not to bring
children in Friday Namaz and the procession should have been stopped at
Yateemkhana crossing and should not have been allowed to reach the BJP
office in Naveen market.
The commission failed deliberately, perhaps, to expose the PAC which used
anti social elements from the majority community to loot and burn the
business establishments and shops belonging to Muslims. It was a new and
most dangerous trend that the anti social elements having allegiance to
the militant wing of the Sangh Parivar became a part of law enforcing
agencies, and the commission very conveniently overlooked this fact and
put the entire blame on SIMI. q