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Ultimatum to Maharashtra

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Implement Srikrishna report by December 5: Nyay Andolan

— PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE

“WE WANT JUSTICE”: People gathered at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Thursday for a rally organised by 60 Muslim organisations to push for implementation of the Srikrishna Commission report.

MUMBAI: The Nyay Andolan, a coalition of 60 groups, on Thursday gave an ultimatum to the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in Maharashtra to implement the Srikrishna Commission report on the Mumbai riots of 1992-93 by December 5 or face a “jail bharo” agitation after that.

At a massive rally organised by the Andolan at Azad Maidan, various speakers assailed the State government’s “dilly-dallying” tactics on punishing the guilty in the riots and passed a resolution demanding that the guilty be arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The resolution demanded enhanced compensation to the next of kin of those who died and those who suffered loss of property in the 1992-93 riots. In the Suleiman Bakery case involving former joint commissioner of police R.D. Tyagi, the Andolan said he should be arrested immediately and all the 31 policemen indicted in the Commission’s report should be put in jail.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said if the policemen indicted by the Commission are not in jail by December 5, then people would resort to a “jail bharo” agitation.

He also asked for more compensation to the victims of the Malegaon bomb blasts.

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