People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
Violence In Aligarh
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statements on April 11, 2006.
situation in Aligarh after the communal violence erupted a week ago continues to
cause concern. Eight people have died in the violence and the city continues to
be under curfew. The trouble began at a spot which had a past history and if the
police and district authorities had firmly intervened, the violence would not
have been spread by interested forces. Even after the removal of the key
officials and the induction of new ones, the situation has still not been
brought fully under control. Firm action needs to be taken against those who
have perpetrated or instigated the violence.
role of the police at various levels needs to be investigated by a high level
judicial enquiry. In one incident,
a person, Gulab Khan of Bhojpura was murdered while going to work.
The local police officer got his illiterate widow to put her thumb
impression on blank papers and then it was stated that he was killed due to
enemity over some money matter. This was a clear case of a communal killing
which was sought to be covered up.
Polit Bureau expresses its heartfelt sympathy to all those who have lost their
family members in the violence.
the recent period a number of incidents of communal provocation and violence
have occurred in Uttar Pradesh. The communal riot in Mau being one of the major
ones. The UP state government has not taken these incidents seriously and the
administration has been lax in responding firmly to communal activities. The
Mulayam Singh government should immediately take steps to check the activities
of the communal forces bent upon disturbing peace and harmony.