27 July-2014: Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader and senior Supreme Court advocate, Mr HS Phoolka issued the following statement on Saharanpur riots on Saturday, July 26, 2014 :
Senior SC advocate issues statement on Saharanpur riots, says no action taken
Bill against Communal Violence should be passed by the Parliament at earliest.
The Uttar Pradesh Police and the state government remained mute spectators and failed to save the life and property of innocent citizens in Saharanpur.
The reasons being given by the police for its inaction is that it was outnumbered by the rioters, and the force was not sufficient. This justification is not acceptable at all. It is a common excuse, given by the police in every riot, to cover up their inaction.
Stringent action should be taken against the SP of Saharanpur for having failed in his duty to prevent the unjustified violence from taking place.
Due to an increase in communal riots in recent past, it is absolutely necessary that the Bill against Communal Violence pending in the Rajya Sabha since eight years should be passed at the earliest. It was promised by the then UPA Government in 2004 as well as during the 2009 Elections, but it failed to show the willpower to get this important bill passed in parliament.
It is the duty and responsibility of the government of the day to protect the life and property of every citizen. Unfortunately in the recent past the communal tension has increased, and a number of cases of communal violence and rioting have occurred.
The central government should realize its responsibility and should take up and pass the Bill against Communal Violence without any further delay.