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Bodies in Ganga: UP Guv, Mayawati call for probe

"It's probably the first such case..It's a serious matter and the state government should probe it," Governor Naik said on the sidelines of a programme in Lucknow on Wednesday.

BJP leader and local MP Sakshi Maharaj, who visited the site on Wednesday night, said it should be probed from where such a large number of bodies came.

"It is the responsibility of the state government that it should be probed, but it is ignoring its responsibility. It is unfortunate the Chief Minister has not bothered to come here," Sakshi said.

He questioned that why no representative or minister of the government came to the spot.

"Post mortem of all the bodies should be conducted and inquiry be launched by CBI or any other (investigating agency)," he said.

In a curious case, over 100 bodies were fished out from river Ganga in Unnao district, prompting the Centre to rush a team of officials to enquire the reason behind it.

"Around 100 bodies have been taken out from the river near Pariyar ghat in Safipur area (of Unnao district)," Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh had told reporters.

With most of the bodies mutilated, DNA sampling was used to identify the bodies. The bodies surfaced after water receded near Pariyar Ghat, he said.

Meanwhile,  BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday demanded a CBI investigation into the recovery of over 100 bodies from river Ganga in Unnao district over the past few days.

“People of the state are terrified and most concerned following the recovery of some 104 unclaimed bodies at the Ganga ghat in Unnao and our party demands a CBI inquiry into it so that the real facts could come before the people,” Mayawati told reporters here.

She also charged the Uttar Pradesh government of failing on all fronts especially on the law and order situation, in the wake of the hooch tragedy.

Citing the recent murder of BSP candidate from Atrauli in Uttar Pradesh Dharmendra Chaudhary, she said BSP leaders, workers and people’s representatives have been at the receiving end.

“In these conditions, the outsiders desist from investing in the state following which the chief minister and his officers have to make requests to them,” she said adding that development and economic uplift of the people of the state would not gain momentum under these circumstances.

She accused the BJP and Samajwadi Party of internally having “good relations” claiming there appeared to be no chances of imposition of President’s rule in the state to rid the state of the prevailing misrule.

“Seeing the internal good relations between the BJP and SP to serve their political interests there appear to be no chances of governor or the central government recommending President’s rule to rid the people of anti-development jungleraj of the Samajwadi Party,” Mayawati claimed.
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