BJP condemns Sultanpur incident, flays Maya govt

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Lucknow, Sep 9 (UNI) Saying that the party would not tolerate any disrespect of the Hindus, Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Ramapati Ram Tripathi today condemned yesterday's clash between two religious groups in Sultanpur district.

Mr Tripathi accused the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in the state for the incident and held responsible party supremo Mayawati for hurting the sentiments of scores of Hindus.

''Had the government made appropriate security arrangements during 'Murti Visarjan' of Lord Ganesha's idol, the incident could have been avoided,'' he said.

In her 15-month long rule, Ms Mayawati has only provided shelter to mafias and criminals, the BJP leader said, further charging that outfits like Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) have also spread their nexus under her shelter.

A probe team headed by BJP state unit vice-president Lallu Singh would also visit Sultanpur district and submitt its report soon, Mr Tripathi added.

The incident had occurred in Dostpur area of Sultanpur, when Hindus were taking out a procession for ''Ganpati Visarjan,'' wherein an elephant slipped of the rath and checked into the Muslim-dominated area.

Seeing the animal, which also symbolises Lord Ganesha, entering their area, they had started pelting stone on the people of the Hindu community.

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