"The Telangana government should place the report when the Assembly meets this month," the Hyderabad MP demanded.

Why is commission report on Mecca Masjid firing kept a secret Asaduddin Owaisi asksFile photo: PTI
news News Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 07:11

A day after it was reported that the Telangana government is yet to make the findings of the commission, which probed the police firing that followed the Mecca Masjid blast, public, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi reiterated the demand.

"The Telangana govt should place report on 17 when Assembly meets why is it being kept in wraps as some sort of 'State Secret'," the Hyderabad MP tweeted.

Speaking to the Times Of India, Owaisi said, "Though the TRS government was not in power then, the facts have to come out.The purpose of the commission of inquiry would fail if people are not told of its conclusions, whatever they may be. Action taken reports should be there. The people have a right to know."

This came a day after the state reportedly skipped a hearing before before chief information commissioner (CIC) M Ratan, who had summoned the government, after it declined an RTI activist a copy of the report for academic purpose in November last year. 

The commission had sent both the activist and the government a notice on January 2 to detail what action had been taken on the RTI query. 

On May 18, 2007, members belonging to the Hindu militant outfit Abhinav Bharat had allegedly placed two bombs in the Mecca Masjid, considered one of holiest Muslim sites in the city, during Friday prayers when thousands of people had gathered.

As news of the blast spread, tension escalated in Old City, especially the areas around Charminar, with many people taking to the streets, and turning into vandalising mobs, who clashed with the police.

The police resorted to lathi-charges, teargas shells, and firing in the air. 

The police claimed that the mob was getting out of control, and it had to fire at the people to disperse the crowd. Five people were killed, and four were injured in the firing at two places.

However, many people including the AIMIM and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the police used excessive force.

In June 2010, the state government constituted the Justice Bhaskar Rao commission, which submitted its findings in October the same year.

There have been continuous demands since then on successive state governments, to release the findings of the report.

 

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