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A file photo of the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. Photo: Sunil Saxena/HT
A file photo of the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. Photo: Sunil Saxena/HT

Mayawati demands Justice Sahay commission report be made public

Reports suggest that the commission indicts local members of the ruling SP and the BJP for their role in the Muzaffarnagar riots

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday demanded that the Justice Sahay commission report be made public, a day after it was submitted to Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik.

According to a news report in The Times of India published on Thursday, the report indicts local members of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for their role in the Muzaffarnagar riots.

The one-man commission, headed by retired Allahabad high court judge Vishnu Sahay, was formed on 9 September 2013 by the Uttar Pradesh government, after communal riots broke out in the state’s Muzaffarnagar district killing 62 people between 27 August and 15 September the same year.

“While many such riots have broken out when the SP has been in power, the Muzaffarnagar riots which later spread to western UP regions like Shamli, Meerut and Saharanpur, show the grave carelessness and lethargy of the party and also show how its complicity with the BJP lead to the loss of many lives and Muslims are suffering till date," said former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati in a statement.

Both SP and BJP denied any involvement in the riots, and blamed each other for the violence.

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