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BJP MP, leaders responsible for Saharanpur clash: Akhilesh

BJP MP, leaders responsible for Saharanpur clash: Akhilesh
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday alleged that the Saharanpur BJP MP and his party leaders were responsible for the clash between two communities in the district.
He demanded a judicial probe into the episode and the arrest of the accused.

The former chief minister also alleged this was not the first time that the MP, Raghav Lakhanpal, was involved in a communal flare-up "as he believes that such ways are more convenient for winning elections". "The way in which morale of police and administration has come down in the present regime will not take the state forward," Akhilesh said.

"There should be a judicial probe into the incident of clash between two communities in Saharanpur on April 20 and all accused should be arrested. It will a test of the BJP government as to when it will arrest MP Raghav Lakhanpal, Deoband MLA Kunwar Vijendra Singh, BJP leader Amit Gagneja and the other accused who incited the communal incident," he said in a press conference at the SP headquarters here.

Several people, including Lakhanpal and SSP Love Kumar, were injured in brick-batting between members of two communities on April 20 following an argument over an Ambedkar Jayanti rally passing through the communally sensitive Janakpuri area.

Later, the MP and his supporters had protested outside the residence of the SSP, and had allegedly damaged a CCTV camera and removed his nameplate. Akhilesh said the SP had sent a fact-finding delegation comprising its leaders to Saharanpur.

SP leader Mehboob Ali, who was part of the team, said that no permission had been taken by BJP leaders for taking out the procession, echoing the SSP's statement on the matter.
"This for the first time such an incident has happened where an SSP's residence was attacked," he said.

Akhilesh said that the language used by BJP leaders was a "threat to democracy", which may be felt by the media
in future.
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