Rajnath Dares UP Govt Over Mathura Violence

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New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday continued to take the battle to the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh over the violence that hit Mathura. Speaking at a rally in Amroha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh all but dared the UP government to call for a CBI investigation into the incident.

“It seems like there is more to it than meets the eye. And such things should be brought into the open,” said Rajnath at the rally. “If the Uttar Pradesh government wants to get to the bottom of this, they should ask for a CBI inquiry into the violence. If they ask, the Centre will surely agree. This is not a small incident,” he added.

Rajnath also claimed such violence would not have occurred on his watch. “Even though I am the Home Minister, I cannot interfere in the law and order situation of the state. Else, this wouldn’t have happened,” he claimed.

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Rajnath’s prod comes just days after the BJP blamed the violence on the Uttar Pradesh government’s intelligence failure. With Uttar Pradesh headed for Assembly elections in 2017, the BJP has used the incident to attack the Akhilesh Yadav government over law and order.

Violence had erupted in Mathura on Thursday during an operation to evict members of a religious group, Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from government land. The court-ordered eviction had been aimed at reclaiming land from encroachers in the Jawahar Bagh area of Mathura. Twenty-four people, including two policemen, had died in the violence.