30 November, 2020

Reading Old Ashes

A probe report on the Muzaffarnagar riots gives the SP regime a clean chit

Reading Old Ashes

It’s a general rule that only so much can be expected from an official post-mortem into a messy atrocity. The report of the one-man judicial commission to look into the Muz­affarnagar riots of 2013 stops short of saying it was engineered for political gains. But it does name two BJP MLAs, Samajwadi Party and BSP leaders and even a Congress leader for instigating violence, delivering inflammatory spe­eches or behaving irresponsibly by cir­­c­ulating old images from foreign cou­­­­­ntries on WhatsApp and claiming they were related to an incident in the district.

Neither Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik nor the state SP government seem keen to release the report, submitted last week, but Outlook had exclusive access to the supposedly ‘top secret’ 775-page report. Retired high court judge Vishnu Sahai claims to have recorded depositions by 377 citizens and 101 government officials before finalising the report into the rioting that displaced 55,000 people from their homes for months and in which 62 people lost...



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