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Report on Hardwar violence submitted

By Our Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN, OCT. 4. The Irshad Hussain Commission which went into the causes of the large-scale violence by policemen at the fag end of the Kumbh Mela at Hardwar on April 20 and 21 this year has submitted its report to the Uttaranchal Chief Minister, Narayan Dutt Tiwari.

"The report will be tabled in the House during the next Assembly session and suitable action and remedies recommended by Justice Hussain will be implemented', Mr Tiwari said.

A large number of policemen had gone berserk in Hardwar on April 20 and indulged in large-scale violence damaging shops and beating up businessmen and some journalists. The situation remained totally out of control of the senior police officers and the civil administration till the next evening by when several more shops were ransacked and one man killed in firing by the cops. The situation was controlled only after a very large number of policemen from other places were rushed to Hardwar to end the near mutiny by the Mela police.

The Mela police comprise men drawn from various districts and given a crash course on how to behave with pilgrims and tourists. The lessons taught to these cops, however, failed to stop them from disobeying their seniors and asking them to leave the place as they beat up businessmen or damaged their property.

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