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Munde demands judicial inquiry into Khairlanji killings

Written by: Staff

Nagpur, Dec 4 (UNI) Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) group in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Gopinath Munde today demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of a high court into the recent killing of four members of a Dalit family by villagers in Khairlanji in Bhandara district of Vidarbha region.

Speaking on an opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on the Khairlanji incident, Mr Munde said that an attempt had been made to protect the guilty and to destroy the evidence in the Khairlanji case. Senior officials connected with the investigation had not discharged their duty with honesty and integrity, he alleged.

Describing the incumbent government as 'deaf, dumb and blind,' Mr.

Munde said there had been a violation of human rights in Khairlanji.

Mr Munde lashed out at the government for hinting at a naxalite hand in the violence during protests against the Khairlanji killings and said this was an insult to the dalit movement.

Earlier, initiating the discussion, Leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam demanded the resignations of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his deputy R R Patil owning responsibility for the Khairlanji killing.

Mr Kadam said the peace prevailing in Maharashtra at present could be the 'lull before the storm,' and said the government must refrain from supressing the voice of the dalits. The government must apologise to the dalits for the shameful incident in Khairlanji, he added.

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