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CBI probe demanded in Joshi’s house attack
Published on 18 Jul. 2009 11:27 PM IST
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Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal Saturday charged police in Lucknow with conniving with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers in the attack on Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s house after her arrest for remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the incident. “A CBI inquiry is the only option through which the reality can come to the fore. Everyone knows BSP workers were behind the incident. Let the CBI inquiry take place... the (BSP) government will be unmasked,” he said at a press conference at the Congress office here. Expressing concern over the “poor law and order” state in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal accused Mayawati of directing her party workers to indulge in vandalism and arson at Joshi’s residence. “The attack on Joshi’s house was a state sponsored conspiracy by misusing police machinery. If arson and vandalism can take place in such a high-security zone, where Joshi resides, it becomes clear that the police also connived with the BSP goons,” he said. “Violence took place right under the nose of police, who preferred to look the other way when Joshi’s house was being set on fire by BSP workers.”The state government should apologise at the earliest for the BSP workers resorting to vandalism and arson (at Joshi’s residence),” the minister said. Congress spokesperson Subodh Srivastava has alleged that BSP legislator Jitendra Singh, with his face covered and along with over a dozen masked men, ransacked and set on fire Joshi’s house and three vehicles there. “He also spoke to some news channels afterwards and even took responsibility,” Srivastava claimed. BSP MLA named in FIR The names of BSP MLA Jitendra Singh and local party leader Imtizar Abdi have been added in the FIR filed in connection with the arson at the house of UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi here. The names of the two have been added Friday night on the basis of a complaint by Joshi and Congress general secretary Subodh Srivastava, police sources said on Saturday. Singh is MLA from Bikapur assembly seat in Faizabad and Bobby is former president of Shia Degree College Lucknow. Earlier, the FIR had been filed against unidentified persons. A mob shouting pro-Mayawati slogans attacked and torched Joshi’s house in Lucknow around the time she was being arrested. The BSP denied its involvement in the arson. The Congress had lodged a written complaint against the two BSP leaders for allegedly ransacking Joshi’s residence in Lucknow and setting it on fire on July 15.

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