‘Communal Violence Prevention Bill must be expedited if Muzaffarnagar type flare-ups are to be averted’

Passing of the Communal Violence Prevention Bill brooked no delay if Muzaffarnagar type flare-ups were to be averted in future, said Harsh Mander, former IAS officer who resigned in the wake of Gujarat riots.

On his visit to the trouble-torn Muzaffarnagar, Mr. Mander said communal violence that rocked this place was not a riot, but a pogrom engineered to derive political mileage. “The government could have easily prevented the violence if it wanted to, but it did not. Police remained silent spectators,” he alleged.

Mr. Mander, who was part of the fact-finding team organised by Centre for Policy Analysis, was addressing a gathering of intellectuals at the Siasat office on Tuesday.