The Hindu, 25 Jan 2007
Sangliana visits riot-hit areas, blames politicians for holding public meetings
# Coalition partners have made it a habit to blame Congress for all communal incidents: Kharge
# `Police, intelligence wings failed to analyse the situation properly'
BANGALORE: In the context of allegations by the RSS that the Congress was involved in triggering violence in Shivajinagar and other parts of Bangalore, the KPCC on Wednesday reiterated its demand for a judicial probe into the riots.
Addressing presspersons here, KPCC president M. Mallikarjun Kharge said the judicial inquiry would help identify those who instigated the violence.
The partners in the ruling coalition had developed a habit of blaming the Congress for all communal incidents in the State, Mr. Kharge charged. It was the failure of intelligence and the police that led to communal clashes in Mangalore and Bangalore, he alleged.
Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has rejected the Congress demand for a judicial probe, saying the police failed to tackle the situation.
Mr. Kharge said permission should not have been given by the police for the conduct of various public functions such as the protest against Saddam Hussein's execution and Virat Hindu Samajotsava.
The police as well as the intelligence wing had failed to properly assess the situation, he alleged.
The Opposition Congress leaders met Governor T N Chaturvedi on Wednesday and appealed to him to direct the government to order a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge into the recent communal violence in Bangalore.
Visit to Governor
A delegation of Congress leaders headed by Mr. Kharge alleged that the Chief Minister had refused to order a judicial probe to cover up the truth. Ordering such a probe would help bring out the truth, they argued. The Congress leaders urged the Governor to direct the State Government to hold election to the post of Legislative Council Chairman.
The Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike has demanded that the Government order a judicial probe into the violence.
Sanatkumar Belagali and K.L. Ashok of the vedike, Narasimhaiah of AHINDA, Nagaraj Babaiah and N. Ramesh of Prajatantrika Vedike and K.M. Shariff of the Karnataka Forum for Dignity told presspersons here on Wednesday that the Government had a political and moral responsibility to find out the reason behind the violence and look into the police excesses. The Government should punish those responsible for the incidents. The vedike said it had alerted the Government about the possibility of violence in Bangalore long before the launch of the Virat Hindu Samajotsava. But the Government failed to take preventive steps. Samajotsavas would be held at several places across the State in the coming days.
H.T. Sangliana, Bangalore North MP, visited the riot-affected areas on Seppings Road and Murphy Town on Wednesday morning.
While a woman he met on Seppings Road alleged that nobody had come to assess the damage caused to her house that was set on fire in the riots, the merchants in the Murphy Town fish market, which too was set on fire, said the officials concerned had assessed the damage caused to the shops and business establishments.
Mr. Sangliana saw a few half-burnt vehicles lying on the roadside in the area and damaged buildings.
He blamed the attempt of some political leaders, who wanted to take political mileage by organising questionable public meetings and rallies on sensitive issues for the riots.
The political parties should refrain from it. He said the police had failed to anticipate trouble and take steps.