New Delhi: Expressing concern over the violence against minorities in the country, Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday demanded that those police officials responsible for opening fire in Goplagrah in Rajasthan must be booked under charges of murder.

As many as eight people were killed in police firing following clashes between Meo Muslims and Gujjars in Gopalgarh, Bharatpur district of Rajasthan on September 14.

Addressing a press conference here, the LJP president condemned Bharatpur violence and sought removal of Rajasthan Home Minister for giving misleading statements in Bharatpur firing.

He also demanded to book district magistrate and SP under the murder charges and asked for Rs 25 lakh compensation for the families of the victims.

“Social activists like Anna Hazare should take a stand and protest against such attacks on the minority community of the country,” he said.

Apprising about the reports submitted by his party delegates who inspected the incident site on September 25, Paswan informed that the dispute arose over the Waqf board land which led to police firing in Gopalgarh.

However, using the opportunity to woo Muslims, the LJP president insisted to give 10 percent quota to Muslims in government jobs. He demanded instant implementation of the Rangnath Mishra Commission report.

Speaking on the Planning Commission report on categorisation of BPL (below poverty line), Paswan termed the plan panel report on BPL as rubbish and said that such kind of reports are tarnishing the image of the Central government.

JPN/Bureau