The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Saturday blamed the BJP for the violence in Kawardha the city early this week and mentioned the saffron celebration needs to do the politics of communalism because it has “run out of problems”. Addressing a press conference, three senior ministers of state, however, admitted to a minor lapse on part of the local administration to check the entry of a large number of people in Kawardha from outside ahead of the violence despite section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was imposed.
On Tuesday, violence occurred in Kawardha, the headquarter of the Kabirdham district, during a rally organised by right-wing outfits in protest against a clash between the people belonging to two communities over the removal of religious flags from a thoroughfare in the town on October 3, causing destruction of properties. A curfew was imposed following the violence.
Chhattisgarh agriculture minister Ravindra Chaubey said a large number of people from other districts, including Mungeli, Dhamtari, Rajnangaon, Bilaspur and others, had entered Kawardha on Monday and halted in schools and other places. He said Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is of the view that the incident (of violence) appears to be sponsored by the BJP. “Chhattisgarh is a peace-loving state and such kind of incident (of violence) is not forgiven here. Unfortunately, an incident of removal of a religious flag and fight between two persons was given a communal angle,” Chaubey mentioned.
The manager minister has taken inventory of the incident and directed the officers to take stern motion in opposition to those that are being observed (instigating and committing violence) within the visuals of the incident, he added. As in line with studies, numerous other folks from different districts together with Mungeli, Dhamtari, Rajnangaon, Bilaspur and others, had entered Kawardha at the eve of Tuesday and have been halted in faculties and different puts.
“It’s had to be ascertained on whose name they’d reached the city and who had shifted them. The CM has mentioned the incident seems to be backed via the BJP,” said Chaubey. He was accompanied by forest minister Mohammad Akbar, the MLA from the Kawardha assembly constituency, and school education minister Premsai Singh Tekam.
Hitting out at the opposition party, Chaubey said the BJP cannot find any issues to raise and tried to make (religious) conversion into an issue. “That party is now trying to give communal colour to the Kawardha incident. The people of Chhattisgarh will never forgive them. The party has run out of issues and, therefore, it wanted to do politics on such issues,” he mentioned.
When requested whether or not the district management and police failed to test the incident, Chaubey mentioned, certainly there used to be a minor lapse at the a part of the management. The incident will have been it seems that stopped if they’d strictly avoided the access of numerous other folks into the city (an afternoon forward of the violence), he added.
The curfew in Kawardha the city used to be comfy for 4 hours between 10 AM to two PM from Saturday, officers mentioned. BJP MP Santosh Pandey, former MP Abhishek Singh have been amongst some leaders of the BJP who’ve been charged with rioting and different offences in an FIR filed in reference to the violence, police mentioned.
Until Friday, 93 other folks, 24 of them hailing from out of doors the Kabirdham district, have been arrested in reference to each the incidents – the October 5 violence and the October 3 conflict, an reputable mentioned. The BJP alleged the Congress has “returned to its previous trade of appeasing Muslims and missionaries”.
The statement of ministers about the Kawardha incident is highly condemnable. It shows the Congress has once again started its old business of appeasing Muslims and missionaries, Chhattisgarh BJP president Vishnudeo Sai said in a statement. It seems the government has reached a conclusion even before investigating the incident, he said.
The truth is that after coming to power, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is constantly playing in the hands of missionaries and religious elements due to his vested interests, he said. A delegation of BJP leaders had met governor Anusuiya Uikey in Raipur on Friday and sought a judicial probe into the Kawardha clash.