Friday, March 12, 2010

Riots escalate in Bareilly, top cop hurt - India - The Times of India

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    • Neeraj Saxena

    • The fresh incidents were sparked off last night after the UP administration informed the court that it was withdrawing all charges against a prominent local leader in connection with rioting. Following this, he was immediately released, sparking off rioting and arson from both sides.

      Members of the other community alleged that the police had enough proof of his complicity in riots, but he was released as UP administration caved under pressure from members of the other community from within the ruling Bahujan Samjwadi Party, as well as Samajwadi Party and Congress.

      Permission for a high-profile Ram Barat on Friday, which had been taken out across city’s main streets as a precursor to Ram Navmi celebrations for past 149 years, was cancelled in view of the prevailing conditions.

    • Meanwhile, local police and intelligence units are investigating if any group linked with the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India played a role in the riots, leading to such flare-up in a city not known for communal violence.

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