The Congress Chief Minister promises action on Sri Krishna Commission’s recommendations but his police department shamelessly files an affidavit in the High Court on Tuesday that there was no need for action against cops charged with killing innocent Muslims at Hari Masjid in 1993.
Now contrast this with Mayawati, who may be termed whimsical but has the guts to sack hundreds of cops and even suspend IPS officials but here the double-faced politicians of Maharashtra are unwilling to take action against even Nikhil Kapse, just a sub-inspector, and his team, which was severely indicted in the Sri Krishna Commission report.
The parallel with Mayawati is just to prove the point that action can be taken if there is will. Here there is adequate reason but the Vilasrao Deshmukh government is simply not interested in punishing the rogue cops and by trying to save them, makes a mockery of justice. Leaving aside idealism and justice, the political considerations are also important in filing such affidavits.
Won’t Muslims now realise that how little they matter for the Maharashtra government despite their substantial population in the state. After all, we are sick of hearing that Muslims get privileges in this country due to their being a ‘vote bank’. So why the Chief Minister doesn’t care at all.
Are these few SIs, ASIs, Head Constables and policemen of other ranks, so important to him that he is ready to foresake Muslim support. Or the state government is blatantly anti-Muslim? I can understand that Deshmukh must be knowing that Muslims won’t vote overwhelmingly for him and he will not be the next Chief Minister, so why bother except when there is a call from Delhi to be sensitive to minorities or farmers (as in the recent case).
Is it that Congress is fully aware that Muslims may go to any extent in condemning the party but can’t vote overwhelmingly for Shiv Sena-BJP. Muslims have failed to create adequate pressure to get the government and police act even in a case like Hari Masjid firing where Sri Krishna Commission report had clearly stated that the ‘story of police was unbelievable and fabricated to support the unjustified killing of six Muslims’.
Now in the two separate affidavits submitted by the police including the one by Deputy Commissioner of Police (STF) on September 18, it has been mentioned before the High Court that ‘investigation was conducted and no policeman was found guilty’.