Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused the Sangh Parivar of orchestrating the communal violence that took place in Aland town on Saturday during Holi celebrations. The CPI(M) said on Monday that the aim was to divide people on communal lines, keeping the coming Assembly elections in view.

Member of the party’s State Secretariat Maruti Manpade led a three-member study team, consisting of secretary of the district unit Bhimshetty Yempalli and district committee member Manzur Patel, to the town on Sunday and held discussions with Hindus, Muslims and police officials to ascertain the truth behind the incident.

Mr. Manpade said that it was a premeditated attack. He said that three Muslim places of worship were targeted. He alleged that the police had remained mute witnesses to the violence and had played a partisan role by registering a complaint about the attack on one masjid but not the other two.

Mr. Manpade blamed the police for the disturbances in Aland. He said that if the police had acted when the miscreants attacked the Shah Hussain Dargah in the afternoon, the communal tension could have been averted. They could have also prevented the torching of a North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation bus and the stoning of a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus in the evening.

He said that the police had not made any arrangements to maintain law and order in the town during the Holi celebrations. Allowing the celebrations till 7.30 p.m. was also one of the reasons for the tension in the town, he added.

Mr. Manpade said that the miscreants had splashed colour on the walls and inside the Shaha Hussain Dargah and they had also attacked the Jahangir Shah Masjid and damaged the doors. Later, the miscreants also attacked the Dakul Masjid and sprinkled coloured powder both inside and outside the masjid.

Mr. Manpade demanded stringent action against those responsible for instigating the violence and also disciplinary action against the police officials who failed to maintain law and order.

Mr. Yempalli was present.

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