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Updated: September 10, 2013 12:20 IST
Muzaffarnagar violence

FIR against several BJP leaders; death toll up to 33

  • Devesh K. Pandey
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A victim and her daughter are treated at the city hospital in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
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A victim and her daughter are treated at the city hospital in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Akhilesh orders inquiry commission headed by retired judge

Amid an ongoing political slugfest over the communal clashes that have claimed 33 lives so far, seven leaders from the BJP, one former Congress MP and a former BSP leader besides three from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have been booked for allegedly whipping up communal passions through inflammatory speeches at a “mahapanchayat” organised in the city outskirts on September 7.

While none of the accused political leaders have been arrested yet, the State government on Monday instituted a one-member judicial commission headed by retired High Court judge Vishnu Sahai to inquire into the Muzaffarnagar riots. The commission will submit its report within two months.

Among those named in the First Information Report registered at the Sikera police station are BJP leaders Chaudhry Hukum Singh, Suresh Rana, Sangeet Som, Kunwar Bhartendu Singh, Sohanvir Singh, Kapildev Aggrawal and Pradeep Baliyan. “Forty people have been named in the FIR which has also been registered against over a thousand others [unknown] for promoting communal disharmony, preventing the police from carrying out their duty through acts of violence and for violating orders prohibiting unlawful assembly,” said Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Arun Kumar on Monday.

Names of BKU chief Naresh Tikait, his brother Rakesh Tikait and some Rashtriya Lok Dal leaders, who were part of the “Bahu Beti Samman and Hindu Bachao” rally, also find a mention as accused in the FIR.

Large-scale deployment of Army columns and para-military forces across the region has so far failed to restore normality. Afraid that the situation may aggravate, the administration has banned the entry of any opposition party leader.

RLD chief Ajit Singh, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and two BJP MPs, who on Monday morning attempted to enter Uttar Pradesh to visit the riot-hit pockets of Muzaffarnagar, were detained at Ghaziabad.

We live in the 21st century. We are all Indian's. Are we? British left India in 1947, they left behind the policy of DIVIDE & RULE. This policy is being religiously followed by all POLITICAL parties & POLITICIANS, some claim to be MESSIAH of a particular community and the other are NOT so.This particular incidence, making inflamatory speeches, others sitting on the railing watching the fun, the AAM ADAMI, suffering. So many years of our independence, we are still not able to see thru the DIRTY GAMES being played by our politicians.These politicians are the biggest criminals in our society, there pawns too need to be eliminated, the education imparted should truly be SECULAR

from:  jyoti
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 06:51 IST

The riots are preplanned with an eye to next loksabha election. With Azam Khan (SP) and Amit Shah (BJP) in the fray in UP, it's a winwin situation for riotous mobs. Bihar may be the next victim in the runup to the poll. Jai Ho Mera Bharat Mahan!

from:  ranjan chakraborty
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 06:32 IST

political game is claiming lives of innocent people.

from:  nikhil
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 06:13 IST

Yes, that is what we need another commission. Looks like a lot of extremist organizations including the BJP were involved, so makes perfect sense to subvert justice by doing lip service through "commissions". If it were even one person from any other community, then hundreds would have been thrown in jail with no rhyme or reason. Looks like UP is no different.

from:  Azam
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 05:19 IST

Shame on Govt. for letting innocent humans get killed

from:  Dharambir
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 05:06 IST

I am appalled at the biased reporting by your newspaper...deviating from your earlier policy of not mentioning the community of the victim, your earlier report mentioned the name of the victim belonging to minority community but conveniently eschewed to mention that the Jat community was forced to hold the MahaPanchayat in the first place due to molestation of a Jat Girl by person and brutal killing of two Jat Brothers...This kind of selective reporting can be expected by LeT mouthpiece GAZWA TIMES to put Hindus in bad light but not from a newspaper who claims to be India's 'National Newspaper'!

from:  Jaywant Nitturkar
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013 at 01:06 IST

This is pure politics. Akhilesh Yadav is immature and knows nothing of history. He doesn't know the difference between law enforcement and vote bank politics. Vote bank politics is the problem, not the solution.

from:  Navaratna Rajaram
Posted on: Sep 9, 2013 at 23:56 IST
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