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Cong seeks judicial probe into Aligarh riots

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 7: The Congress today demanded a judicial inquiry into the clashes in Aligarh, saying yesterday's incident was not a Hindu-Muslim riot but a sign of lack of adequate precaution on part of the administration.

Describing the situation in Aligarh as serious, party spokesman Rajeev Shukla alleged that the five people who had lost their lives had been killed by police.

While some people were injured, others were still missing and it reflected on the poor law and order situation in the state, he said.

Mr Shukla told reporters here that neither the minority communities nor the majority were safe in Uttar Pradesh, and still Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was preoccupied with his efforts to form a Third Front in politics and visiting different places.

While Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal had toured Aligarh, Mr Mulayam Singh had no time to visit the place, he added.

The state had witnessed two to three riots earlier which indicated that there was absolutely no law and order there, he said.

Mr Yadav, the Congress spokesman said, had been trying to form a Third Front for the past two years ''should not be taken seriously''.

He charged that TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu, who was backing Mr Yadav's move for a Third Front, had a field day during the NDA regime when he used to come to Delhi only to extract something or the other from the government.


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