With the spectre of “panchayats” and “mahapanchayats” in Western Uttar Pradesh giving sleepless nights to the law enforcement agencies at the ground zero level, a senior police officer here claimed that the proposed all-women mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar district on October 10 has been called off.
The call for the mahapanchayat of 84 villages belonging to “Baliyan Khap” was given at a women’s panchayat in Kutba village on Monday in protest against the implication of Jat youths in alleged false cases of rioting.
State I-G ( Law and Order ) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma said on Tuesday that the October 10 mahapanchayat has been called off following talks between the district officials and about 15 to 20 leaders of the proposed meeting. They have been assured that no wrongful arrests would be made and there would be no discrimination, all that was needed was a little bit of patience as the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) was investigating the cases, Mr Vishwakarma said.
However, he said the situation is being monitored, adding that prohibitory orders would be strictly implemented.
This assurance comes a day after Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar was removed for reportedly failing to thwart the “sarv-daliya” panchayat at Khera village in Sardhana on Sunday.
About 30 people were injured and over a dozen vehicles were damaged as the supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Sangeet Singh Som clashed with the police. Mr. Kumar has been replaced by Ballia SP Onkar Singh.
Thousands of people gathered for the mahapanchayat despite prohibitory orders.
Earlier, on September 7, the “ bahu-beti bachao panchayat ” in Nagla Mandor in Muzaffarnagar had sparked off communal riots in the district which claimed about 50 lives.
A women panchayat of 10 villages was scheduled to be held in Hadoli village in Meerut district on Tuesday, but it was called off after talks between officials and representatives of the proposed meeting. Mr. Vishwakarma said directives have been given that there should be no discrimination. The U.P. top cop admitted that there have been some cases where youths, who were either preparing for the entrance examination to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), or the U.P. police, have been named in the FIRs and sent to jail. “The assurance has come from the highest level that there should be no discrimination between the Hindus and the Muslims”, Mr. Vishwakarma said.
Meanwhile, body of a youth was recovered from a sugarcane field under Ratanpuri police station area in Muzaffarnagar district on Tuesday. Balesh, a resident of Ghanshyampur, worked in the clinic of medical practitioner M.K. Tyagi. He bore wounds in his head. Investigations are underway even as the police claimed that the murder was not the fallout of last month’s communal violence.