A Samajwadi Party (SP) team probing last month’s communal riots in Saharanpur has accused local MP Raghav Lakhanpal of inciting violence, leading to an angry exchange with the saffron party.
The five-member panel also held the police and local officials responsible — accusing them of being “lax” and failing to quell the clashes — and recommended action against several officers. The committee, led by senior SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav, submitted its report to chief minister and Akhilesh Yadav, who had set it up.
The July 26 clashes in Saharanpur over construction on a disputed plot of land abutting a local gurdwara had left three people dead and close to 30 injured.
“The report has been submitted by the committee to the chief minister in which a BJP MP has also been named besides laxity of administrative officers,” Samajwadi Party’s (SP) national general secretary Naresh Agarwal said
“As the role of a BJP MP has also come to the fore, we can say that the party (BJP) has a role in the Saharanpur incident,” Agarwal added.
The report also alleged that the administration became active only after the violence broke out.
BJP on Sunday dismissed the UP government panel report on Saharanpur riots which indicted its MP, terming it as “politically motivated” and a “camouflage” by the Akhilesh Yadav dispensation to hide its “failures”.