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Sangli Communal Violence

September 8, 2009

It is a conspiracy: Jayant Patil

Surendra Gangan

Home minister Jayant Patil has termed the Miraj clash as conspiracy hatched by 'some people'. Declining to elaborate more on the allegation, Patil has appealed to political parties to refrain from visiting the spots and help maintaining the law and order situation.

Smelling a political setback in his hometown, Sangli, Patil has tried to hit back at the opposition calling it a conspiracy. "Anti-social elements are behind the clash between two groups in Miraj and Ichalkaranji. We will disclose all the details at an appropriate time as the priority today is to restore peace in Miraj and its surrounding areas. The district administration has refrained the political leaders from entering the area where clash has taken place and strict action will be taken against them for not following the orders," he said.

An adequate number of security personnel, including five companies of Rapid Action Force, has been deployed in Miraj and Ichalkaranji. "I have personally talked to the people from both the sides and appealed to them to maintain peace. Though tension prevails in some parts, the situation is under control."

Patil said that the order banning political leaders from entering the area is a decision taken by the local administration. "We want the leaders from all parties to follow it. A couple of leaders from the ruling parties visited Sangli, but only in a bid to establish peace," he said.

Sangli happens to be the home district of three political heavyweights from the ruling parties. NCP leaders RR Patil and Jayant Patil and Congress leader Patangrao Kadam hail from Sangli.



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