After recent violent incidents in Katodi village, biased against Muslim Minority is clear. Police acted swiftly to arrest unsuspecting members of minority community while non from other side was touched. It is suspected that real culprits who torched some 40 properties of Minority community. The attack was one sided as no property belonging to other communities was harmed. Police says that suspects are absconding.
An uneasy calm prevailed in Kotadi under curfew and heavy police presence. However members belonging to the minority community complained against their MLA who was present in the last rites of two Hindus who were killed in neighboring Moheda village but did not met members of Minority community who have lost their houses and shops. He also ignored the family of Raja Khan (20) who was an outsider and has come Katodi to meet his maternal relatives. He was shot dead while leaving the village. Muslim residents of village Katodi complained that Nandlal Meena, the MLA and a Minister in State Government has ignoring their plight. Meena came for the funeral of Bhanwar Singh and Dinesh Gaeri, both from Moheda village, but did not even meet those from the minority community, who lost all their property and a youth.
Three persons were killed and six were injured in the clashes on Tuesday after RSS workers clashed with Muslims, torched their properties in Kotadi and rushed to to Moheda to spread rumors which caused the violence in that village too.
Nazneen Khan Katodi village, who lost his house in the arson was reported by national daily saying, “Now that BJP has come to power, they do not care about the minorities. Our local MLA who is also a minister has not even come to see us over the past three days.”
Razia Khan complained that the compensation for the loss of property just Rs 3,000-Rs 5,000. “We have lost our houses and all our belongings. The compensation is too little to rebuild our houses and lives. We cannot even build a mud house in that money,” she said.
The paper reported that District Administration has recorded 42 houses and shops belonging to the minority community were destroyed. Congress leader Velu Ram Meena, who lost to Meena in the recent elections, said, “The BJP is a communal party and it is not surprising that it has done little to build peace in the affected villages. Curfew was imposed yet again today and therefore police did not allow me to enter the village. But as a minister Meena should have approached the victims.”
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, “I have been in regular touch with the district collector and the IG posted at the trouble-hit zone. I was assured that things are under control. But it is sad that such a situation must arise. CM Vasundhara Raje always maintains her secular image but the incident in Pratapgarh is indicative of the real state of affairs in Rajasthan.”
Defending the government, Health Minister Rajendra Rathore hoped that Meena, the local MLA will visit Kotadi soon. As for the compensation he said, a basic amount is being given to begin with and if a need is felt it will be increased. We are committed to providing relief to victims.”
With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the BJP government is walking a tightrope. Sources in the district administration said Raje has been taking regular updates from senior police and administrative officials who were rushed to Pratapgarh Tuesday night.