Mulayam softens his stand on Batla House probe

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Lucknow, Oct 19 (UNI) Samajwadi party supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today softening his stand on the demand for judicial probe into the Batla House encounter, said it will only help the Centre to remove suspicion from the minds of the people.

Though refusing to withdraw support from the UPA government even if they don't accept the SP demand of the judicial probe, Mr Yadav suggested that the probe would only help the Congress-led government to remove the suspicion from the minds of the people, particularly the Muslims.

''Now it is up to the Centre to decide whether to remove the confusion of the people or take a political bashing in the coming elections,'' he commented.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Yadav said, the police had organised a fake encounter at Batla House and shot dead two youths in the name of terrorist who along with other three arrested were taking coaching for their admission in engineering colleges.

''There is also some controversy in the killing of the Delhi Police Inspector during the encounter,'' he said, adding that only a judical probe could find out the real facts.

Clarifying his party's stand to continue its support to the UPA government, he said, ''his party was committed to support the Centre as decided over the civil nuclear deal''.

He said the youths and people of Azamgarh were afraid of going out of the district after the Batla House incident and criticised the media for terming 'Azamgarh as the nursery of terrorism' without any evidence.

Meanwhile, Mr Yadav said the party would launch an aggressive protest against the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh from October 21 to 23 in the name of 'Ghera Dalo, Dera Dalo' agitation when SP supporters would violate prohibitory orders and will court arrest.

The main agenda of the protest would be the misuse of public funds and illegal collection of funds by the CM on the name of commissions from different projects.

Mr Yadav said his party's agitation would continue till the BSP government was removed as it was looting the state exchequer as if it was their personal property.

Urging the party leaders to make the 'Ghera Dalo, Dera Dalo' agitation a grand success with the participation of common people, he said leaders and workers should not be afraid of the state government's action against them.

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