Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Monday visited Malikpura village in Muzaffarnagar and met the bereaved family of Gaurav and Sachin—whose deaths on August 27 had triggered a wave of communal violence that left 63 people dead.

Family members of the deceased told the visiting BJP leader that the district and police officers were acting under pressure from a certain community.

They also demanded a probe by the CBI into the killing of the two young men.

Assuring the family members that the BJP stood with them, Mr. Singh said his party will not hesitate to approach the courts to get them justice.

After winding up his day—long visit, Mr. Singh told reporters that it was in the interest of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government to clear the air by ordering a CBI probe into the riots in Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring areas.

Reacting to the allegation of Union Civil Aviation Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Ajit Singh that the BJP was involved in the riots, Mr. Singh said “everyone knows who were behind these riots.” - IANS

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