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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Issue of Rudrapur riots

Cases against BJP legislator politically motivated: Bhatt 
Dehradun, June 5
The issue of a CID investigation against BJP MLA for his alleged role in fanning communal violence in Rudrapur (Udham Singh Nagar) on October 2 last year rocked the Uttarakhand Assembly today with the Opposition BJP MLAs demanding a discussion under rule 310 (adjournment motion).

Soon after question hour, the Leader of the Opposition, Ajay Bhatt, said the Speaker should concede to their demand of discussing the issue pertaining to BJP MLA Rajkumar Thukral under rule 310. “Why has the police slapped cases under Sections 302 and 304 against the MLA and recommended CID enquiry seven months after 39 people were sent to jail in the Rudrapur riots case? The move is politically motivated and smacks of political vendetta,” said Bhatt.
But the Speaker of the House, Govind Singh Kunjwal, accepted the demand under rule 58, which incensed the Opposition members, who trooped to the well of the House and accompanied by BJP MLA Rajkumar Thukral staged a sit-in dharna, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House twice.
The BJP MLA alleged the cases against him have been registered seven months after the violence at the behest of rural Congress. “They are keen to tarnish my image; my life is in danger,” said the MLA, who demanded security for himself.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hriyadesh also tabled the fourth Annual Report (2008-2009) along with the action taken report (ATR) of Uttarakhand Information Commission.
Rawat seeks CBI probe into Rudrapur riots 
Dehradun, June 5
Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat has demanded a CBI probe into Rudrapur riots that took place in the Udham Singh Nagar district of the state last year.

In a letter written to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat said Uttarakhand government can set an example by ordering a CBI probe into the incident. He asserted Rudrapur riots were part of a planned conspiracy and pointed out that many Muslim organisations have met him and sought a CBI probe into the riots.
Rawat has also sought adequate compensation for those affected in the riots.

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