Patna, August 7: The report prepared by the Inquiry Commission probing the 1989 Bhagalpur riots was tabled in the Bihar legislative assembly on Friday. The 1000 page report holds the inaction adopted by the then Congress government led by Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha responsible for the deadly clashes which claimed the lives of more than 900 people. The inquiry also indicates a communal bias shown by the police. Also Read - 'Light a Diya of Reason, Not Superstition', Congress' Kapil Sibal Mocks PM Modi's Appeal to Nation
The Inquiry Commission prepared the report based on the findings of Justice NN Sinha committee which investigated the case in 1995. In clear terms, the report highlights the role of the then Bihar government which was led by Congress. Their inaction escalated the violent clashes between the two communities. “The tragedy is that those who had the power to act abandoned the quest. What strikes most is the insensibility with which the victims of the Bhagalpur communal riots were treated by those in power,” the report says referring to the Satyendra Sinha’s government. Also Read - 'Nitish Must Quit,' Says Prashant Kishor as he Tweets Video of Workers Locked up in Bihar
The Bhagalpur riots was initiated when a Hindu procession was moving through a Muslim dominated pocket, where some miscreants threw non-fatal bombs to disrupt the procession. “There could be miscreants who might be Muslims or Hindus or both. The total analysis of the evidence certainly creates an aura of doubt over the whole episode notwithstanding the real evidence,” the report says. The Hindu procession was reportedly carrying out a drive which was demanding people to make monetary contributions for building Ayodhya Temple in place of Babri Masjid, which was subsequently razed by saffron forces three years later. (ALSO READ: Rajnath Singh accuses Congress of being ‘biggest communal party’) Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
Following the incident, mass violence broke out in the region, with as many as 250 villages around Bhagalpur continued to burn in the communal fire. On assuming power in 2005, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar formed the Inquiry Commission in order to begin legal proceedings against those who had a hand in initiating, planning and executing the communal carnage.