Rehabilitation of Muzaffarnagar riot victims
Supreme Court of India came down heavily on the SP-led Government of Uttar Pradesh on the procedure and its notification for the rehabilitation of Muzaffarnagar riot victims. The apex court on November 21, asked the UP government why it is showing favouritism towards Muslims only? The designated Bench pointed out: Do not Hindus suffer in the Muzafarnagar riots?
The apex court opines as both Hindus and Muslims suffered in the said riot, the government should focus and treat on rehabilitation of victims from both sides. Uttar Pradesh government really found itself in a tight spot in the Supreme Court for issuing a controversial notification that contained the names of people of only one community for the grant of Rs 5 lakhs as rehabilitation aid for riots’ victims in Muzaffarnagar area. An embarrassed state government promised new notification after canceling the old one.
“All victims are eligible and equal. Better you withdraw the notification,” a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Ranjan Gogoi said.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for the state, promptly did the damage-control by saying “no person will be denied relocation and rehabilitation (on the ground of religion) and it should not have gone into the notification the way it has gone. We will recall it and issue a fresh.”
The state government gave an undertaking that it will “recall” the October 26 notification and said that in the fresh notification it would be clearly mentioned that the concerned authority will take care of each and every affected person and relief and rehabilitation measures would be applied “universally”. Dhawan conceded such a notification was “bound to cause alarm”.
The Jat Sabha (the forum of the Jat people) knocked the door of the Supreme Court as the Samajwadi Party Govt. led by Akhilesh Yadav is discriminating the riot victim Jat and other Hindu people in an appeasement game connected to Muslim vote bank politics. In this development the actual role of Samajwadi Party has clearly been exposed. The Jat Sabha has been demanding an impartial probe by an independent agency other than the pro Muslim agencies of Uttar Pradesh Govt.
While hearing a batch of petitions, the bench also termed as “serious” the allegation that a police inspector, who is probing the murder of two boys that had triggered the communal clashes in the area, was forcing the father of one of the deceased to give an affidavit diluting the complaint.
The Court also issued a notice on a fresh plea filed by Ravindra Kumar, through advocate Sanjay Tyagi, that he has been pressurised by a police officer of Special Investigation Cell (SIC) to give an affidavit as per the wishes of the investigators during the probe into the murder of his son and his brother on August 27.
The plea also contained a hand-written draft of the police inspector who had allegedly asked the complainant to give an affidavit as per the draft. The Court pointed out that serious allegations, including the role of the police officer investigating the deaths of two Jat youths while the parents of a young man were forced to change the original complaint to dilute its prime allegations.
Pampering Islamic menace and communalism in Uttar Pradesh and other states in Indian is another chapter of Congress’s ‘Divide and Rule game plan’.
(Upananda Brahmachari|Hindu Existence News Bureau)