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AICC avoids comment on Marad inquiry report

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 26 (UNI) The Congress Party today refused to react to the reported indictment of the Congress-led UDF governmant by the Thomas P Joseph Commission which recently submitted its report on the 2003 massacre at Marad in northern Kerala.

"At the moment, it is based on press reports. We don't react to anything that remains speculative," AICC spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons to a question based on reports that the Oommen Chandy government had been sitting on the commission's report which was reportedly submitted three months ago, in view of the ongoing assembly elections.

He said the report of the commission had not yet been published and it was officially not processed. The action taken report (ATR) was not available either.

Dr Singhvi said the commission was appointed under the Commission of Inquiries Act. Under the Act, there was a laid down procedure in dealing with the report of the commission. In the first place, the government should process the report through the relevant ministries to find out those findings which were acceptable to it.

The reports of the Commission would also be placed on the table of the assembly along with the ATR. "Completion of all these formalities will take a long period of time." The Commission, according to reports, had found fault with the Crime Branch of the Kerala Police and criticised the state government for its "adamant" attitude against ordering a CBI inquiry into the May 2, 2003 massacre.

The massacre on May 2, 2003 was a one-sided attack on Hindus unleashed by religious extremists and vested interests exploiting the sentiments of the relatives of the Muslims, who were killed in 2001 January, the report says.


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