CM Yogi declassifies Moradabad riots report

Lucknow: On August 3, 1980, there was a flare-up at Idgah in Moradabad. Its report was presented in the cabinet. After getting approval from the cabinet, now the report was presented in the house. The then Chief Minister VP Singh had constituted a one-member judicial inquiry commission to investigate the riots. The Justice Saxena Commission probed the Moradabad riots and submitted its report on November 20, 1983. Many governments have come and gone in 43 years, but till now the report was not made public. The victims of Moradabad riots have been wandering for justice and compensation for 43 years.

The report of the investigation into the 1980 riots was completely confidential. The state government has now presented this report in the House, after which the innocent can get justice.

On the morning of 13 August 1980, more than 50,000 people gathered at the Idgah to offer Eid prayers. The crowd was huge and spread out on the streets. While prayers were being offered, there was commotion outside after a pig allegedly entered the crowd on the streets from Valmiki Basti, about 200 meters away from the Eidgah. After this, 83 people were killed and 112 people were injured due to the outbreak of communal violence.

Whose main role in the riots?

The question is, what is the reason behind making this investigation report of the riots public after 43 years? According to sources, in the report of Justice Saxena Commission, the main role in this riot was considered to be of the then State President of Muslim League, who was a resident of Moradabad. According to sources, it is also in this report that this riot was conspired to trap people of other communities and communal violence.

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