New Delhi, Sept. 16: The Centre has openly blamed the Akhilesh Yadav government for the Muzaffarnagar riots on a day the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi visited the trouble zone in western Uttar Pradesh.
Junior home minister R.P.N. Singh today said the Samajwadi Party government had not taken action despite alerts from the Centre.
“The central government had warned the Uttar Pradesh government well in advance about the communal tension. The Union home minister had spoken to the chief minister but they ignored the warning. They even did not stop the (Jat) mahapanchayat despite warnings,” Singh said.
The Centre has so far shied away from blaming the state government although home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had recently dropped such a hint. The minister said that for the first time since Partition over 40,000 people were living in makeshift relief camps in a single district of Uttar Pradesh.
“Officially, 55 bodies of those killed in communal incidents in Meerut, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar and other areas of western UP have been recovered,” a home ministry official said.
The Centre’s outburst that repeated warnings sent to Uttar Pradesh had been ignored is based on fact. The Intelligence Bureau had issued several warnings to Lucknow as over 80 communal incidents have occurred in various towns and villages till August this year.