CPI-M demands SC-monitored inquiry into Mathura violence

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New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Saturday demanded a Supreme Court monitored inquiry into the Mathura violence in which 24 people were killed.

“This incident clearly shows a very serious lapse on the part of the central and state intelligence. It is equally perplexing that this police action was a consequence of a directive by the judiciary and not on the basis of any information of our security apparatus,” the CPI-M politburo said in a statement.

“The politburo of the CPI-M demands that a high-powered judicial inquiry must be constituted to identify and punish the guilty. It would be preferable if a sitting judge of the Supreme Court be entrusted with the task with a defined time frame,” the statement added.

The party said that it also needs to be probed whether the “general atmosphere of intolerance” being spread in the country under the patronage of the BJP-led central government ignored and overlooked the growth of such “armed lumpen anarchy that was buttressed” by the state government.

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