CBI’S TALE SPIN

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Agency’s chargesheet is at odds with claims made by the lo­cals

1 PUB­LIC CLAIM Po­lice fired on 7080 Meos of­fer­ing na­maz.

CBI’S TAKE Some Meos were armed. The po­lice fir­ing was ex­e­cuted with of­fi­cial sanc­tion.

2 PUB­LIC CLAIM Po­lice fir­ing paved the way for the Gu­j­jar mob to en­ter the mosque, ran­sack it and kill Meos.

CBI’S TAKE Gu­j­jars en­tered mosque at a time when the po­lice were re­treat­ing to plan an evac­u­a­tion.

3 PUB­LIC CLAIM Of­fi­cers re­mained spec­ta­tors or con­nived in the killing.

CBI’S TAKE There was neg­li­gence and lack of judg­ment in deal­ing with sit­u­a­tion, but no con­nivance.

4 FACT There was an in­tel­li­gence in­put from Bharat­pur sent in July about an im­mi­nent com­mu­nal clash over this very land.

CBI’S TAKE It is not for CBI but a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion to look into the is­sue of a col­lapse of gov­er­nance.

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