Fact Finding Report on Khargone violence holds responsible to local administration

Bhopal: BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government and district administration were directly responsible for communal violence in Khargone town of the state during Ram Navami, according to a fact-finding mission made up of leaders from eight political parties that visited Khargone on April 25. The Fact Finding report underlined that despite intelligence warning, the administration allowed a rally in sensitive localities without permission. It also demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation investigate Ibris Khan’s killing.

The team also claimed that the action had been primarily one-sided, and that police had failed to restore peace 15 days after the incident.

“The officials holding constitutional posts are breaking every law of the rulebook. First they allowed a rally without permission despite the input of a clash, by intelligence. The rally which should have left Talab Chowk Masjid Square at around 3 pm stayed there till 5 pm and provocative songs were playing in front of the mosque,” said Jaswinder Singh, state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who headed the fact-finding team.

Over a half-dozen examples of right-wing Hindutva organisations and the BJP attempting to incite Muslims in Khargone have been documented in the last year, he claimed.

The fact-finding team released a 16-page report on Wednesday, April 27, at a news conference in Bhopal, stating that the Muslim community had been subjected to continual provocations in the previous year.