Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Home Minister K. Jana Reddy has indicated here on Tuesday that the government would pay compensation for the properties damaged during the communal violence at Bhainsa and Vatoli in Adilabad district.

He said Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was “examining” the issue of paying compensation on the properties lost and also ex gratia to the families of the deceased. A team deputed by him would visit the places soon to asses the extent of loss.

Speaking to reporters after receiving a memorandum from a CPI(M) delegation headed by N. Narsimhaiah, party floor leader in the Assembly, Mr. Reddy said a round-the-clock vigil was being maintained at the two places where nearly 1,200 policemen were deployed, apart from the Rapid Action Force. Mobile teams were moving about in the villages, announcing dos and don’ts using public address systems.

The Minister said the situation was “fully under control” and no incident took place in the past 48 hours. He said the Director-General of Police was monitoring the situation on hourly basis and providing feedback to the government.

Answering questions, the Home Minister said the government had recommended a CBI inquiry into Vatoli incident in which six members of a family were burnt alive, and a judicial probe into Bhainsa violence that claimed three lives. He said neither he nor the Chief Minister spoke of requisitioning Central forces to tackle the situation. “Our police are adequate to handle the job”.

He said only detailed post-mortem and forensic reports would testify whether it was bullets from police or outsiders which killed two of the three persons at Bhimsa as alleged.

The CPI (M) team which comprised Ch. Sitaramulu, floor leader in the Legislative Council, and S. Veeraiah, State executive member, squarely blamed the government for Bhainsa riots, saying that precautions were not taken though the place was a known communally sensitive area.