ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Grim Thagedy of Bhagalpur Riots-Role of Police-Criminal Nexus

Role of Police-Criminal Nexus Asghar Ali Engineer THB Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid controversy has taken a heavy toll in terms of human life. In Bhagalpur and its suburbs alone a thorough inquiry has established that more than 800 people died, Bhagalpur is a district town, a centre of education with many English medium boys schools, convents, government-run high schools, about a dozen colleges, a medical college and a university. It is also the headquarters of the district administration and a revenue division. It has a commissioner and deputy inspector general of police. Bui Bhagalpur is also a boiling cauldron of crime, it is notorious for criminal gangs which operate there with political support. The politicisation of crime in this town cuts across communal lines. There are notorious Hindu as well as Muslim criminals. There is fairly large proportion of Muslims in and around Bhagalpur. There are several villages with considerable proportion of Muslim population. Many Muslims are either weavers or in the powerloom business. Some Muslims are well-to-do businessmen or property owners like the owners of the Shah Market in Bhagalpur. Thus we see that Bhagalpur had all the elements required for fuelling a communal riot--communal rivalries, political rivalries, and criminal rivalries. The Ramjanmabhoomi controversy was the spark required to ignite the situation.

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