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Aligarh riots: NCM for implementation of Indira Gandhi formula

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New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The National Commsssion for Minorities(NCM) which probed the Aligarh riots has recommended a high-power judicial inquiry into the incident and bar on promotion of senior police and civil officers of the district where riots take place, a measure included in the 15-point programme for minorities evolved under the Indira Gandhi Government.

The report submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week has blamed the district administration for the riots in the city which claimed six lives and left several injured.

It has also described the communal flare up as a result of total intelligence failure.

The SP city totally failed to guage the gravity of the situation and allowed a procession of agitated and slogan shouting BJP supporters to go into the locality which had witnessed altercations between the two communities a day earlier, says the report, according to sources.

The report of the inquiry conducted by NCM Member Harcharan Josh conveyed to the PM ''the local consensus for a judicial inquiry and replacement of the PAC by the CPRF.'' It has stressed that a bar on the promotion of the district magistrate and the SSP of the district where riots take place would act as a strong deterrent for any laxity in future in such situations.

Though NCM chairperson Mohammad Hamid Ansari refused to divulge the details of the report himself, he, however, said it was obvious that the communal flareup in Aligarh was the result of administrative failure.

''The fact that all the senior police and administrative officers of the district have been transferred, shows that the administration considered them responsible for the riots,'' he told UNI.

''It is not me but a senior officer of the state administration who has said that the police firing was totally unwarranted,'' said Mr Ansari.

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