Posted by : Shoumik Das Friday, September 13, 2013
Muzaffarnagar riots : AK-47 cartridges recovered from 'Rozuddin' in Baghpat
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Muzaffarnagar : Following reports of sporadic clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday between people of two communities in Kirthal village under Ramala police station of Baghpat district, police launched search operations in which AK 47 cartridges have been recovered.
This has shocked the top brass of UP administration as well as the intelligence agencies. The speculation that such a dangerous fire arms have been procured by some people to be used in the communal clash has pushed the alarm bell to the echelons of the State administration.
Police have recovered the cartridges from the house of Rozuddin, a resident of Kirthal village which had seen stone pelting among the people of two communities on Wednesday following firing on Tuesday evening.
Suspecting presence of the deadly arms in his house or in the vicinity, police searched the whole area but to no avail. Police also recovered cartridges of 9 mm pistols, countrymade firearms besides many sharp weapons.
Speaking on this, CO Rajesh Sonkar said that the matter regarding who procured the cartridges is being investigated.
It has been also reported that the police investigation and search operation has been stopped midway. According to police sources, they had instructions from above to do so.
- Muzaffarnagar riots : Toll in Muzaffarnagar violence inches towards 50 (September 11, 2013)
- Muzaffarnagar riots : Police, Army personnel patrol violence-hit areas, toll climbs to 41 (September 10, 2013)
- Muzaffarnagar riots : Death toll climbs to 31, PM speaks to UP CM (September 8, 2013)
- Muzaffarnagar riots : IBN7 journalist killed, violence after Kawal incident continues (September 7, 2013)
- Cops ask FB to block violence video (September 5, 2013)
- Former UP Minister, 11 others held for trying to go to Muzaffarnagar’s Kawal village (August 31, 2013)
- Molestation of Hindu girls sparks communal tension in Muzaffarnagar, 3 killed (August 28, 2013)
An injured of clashes being rushed to a hospital
Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) : While the official death toll in the violence that has gripped Muzaffarnagar since Saturday climbed to 34 on Tuesday, sources said the toll was likely to be more than 50. Police sources said 34 victims have been identified, but at least eight more unidentified bodies are reported to be in the district mortuary and still more in the mortuaries in Shamli and Meerut.
"Post-mortems have been conducted on 34 bodies at the Civil Hospital in Muzaffarnagar but there are eight bodies in the mortuary that are yet to be identified," said a senior official on condition of anonymity. He added that these bodies had been brought to the hospital over the last three days and that another victim had succumbed to his injuries in Meerut, where he had been sent for treatment on Sunday.
Sources said that bodies of victims killed near the Muzaffarnagar-Shamli and Muzaffarnagar-Meerut borders had also been sent to other districts for post-mortems. "There were some cases of bodies being found in fields surrounding villages, which have now been recovered. Some bodies were kept in the police stations for a day due to the constant violence outside," said a senior official.
Even as sporadic incidents of violence were reported in the region, authorities relaxed curfew for two hours, from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm, for the first time since Saturday. Residents of the busy industrial city came out in droves to stock up on essential supplies, particularly milk and cooking gas.
"Curfew was relaxed for two hours in three areas of the city Kotwali, Nai Mandi and Civil Lines. This was done to allow residents to purchase essential supplies. The Army, paramilitary forces and the police maintained strict vigil throughout this period," said District Magistrate R K Sharma. However, curfew remained in force in Foghana and Shahpur limits, which have witnessed the most violence so far.
IGP (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma said 137 people had been arrested for rioting since Saturday. "We will arrest more people in the days to come and we have also registered cases against certain politicians who made inflammatory speeches and violated prohibitory orders," he said. Sharma said 244 preventive arrests have been made in Muzaffarnagar, 118 in Shamli, 206 in Saharanpur, 30 in Bulandshahr and 76 in Meerut.
Police sources said incidents of stone pelting and minor scuffles were reported in some villages including Shahpur and Makhyali. Javed, a resident of Makhyali said, "We heard gunshots at night and called the police immediately. They began patrolling the area after about 20 minutes. On Tuesday morning, some miscreants pelted stones and hurled abuses." He added that the disturbances were quelled after the police and paramilitary forces arrived.
Meanwhile, according to a PTI report, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the violence and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured.
Source : Indian Express
RV Singh and his family had to walk over 5 km from the railway station in Muzaffarnagar and plead with the Police to allow him to go to his home in this curfew-clamped district. “I walked for over 5 km from Muzaffarnagar station. The Police stopped us and we had to plead so that we reach home,” said Singh, who was returning from Mathura along with his wife Sujata and five-year-old daughter.
The usually bustling streets and junctions of this violence-hit district like Shiv Chowk, Bhagat Singh Road and Roorkee Road wore a deserted look with only Police and Army personnel seen. Khairunissa of Lakh Bavdi village in Shamli district has lost three of her relatives. “I have lost three of my relatives and 11 people from my village have died so far,” she said. She was brought to the hospital along with 10-year-old Azra and four-year-old Aksa – both suffering deep injuries on their hands and stomachs.
Patients to the district hospital are pouring in from different parts of Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring Shamli. With no ambulance facilities in villages, patients are being brought in on beds converted into make-shift stretchers. Chief Medical Officer Dr VK Johari said, “Currently, we have 15 patients admitted in the hospital. Eight have been discharged. Nineteen more were referred to the district hospital in Meerut.”
A resident, who refused to be quoted, said, “Curfew was a bit relaxed on Monday, but the Police are observing it strictly on Tuesday.” Even the media was not allowed to enter the city without special passes issued by the district administration.
Muzaffarnagar : The death toll in the violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas has mounted to 31.
"The death toll in the violence in Muzaffarnagar and other areas has climbed to 31," principal secretary, home, R M Srivastava told PTI.
District magistrate Kashal Raj Sharma said one person was stabbed to death by some miscreants in Meerapur town of Muzaffarnagar district on Monday.
"One person was stabbed to death and one other injured when some miscreants attacked them," Sharma said, adding that at least six people have been taken into police custody for interrogation in this connection.
Meanwhile, violence spread in neighbouring district of Shamli where 40-year-old Imam of a mosque, Maulana Umar Din, was shot dead when he was on his way to Pumali village from Butrada under Babri police station, Shamli District Magistrate PK Singh said.
Security has been tightened in the area, he said.
PM speaks to UP CM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday spoke to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on violence in Muzaffarnagar.
Manmohan Singh condemned the violence in Uttar Pradesh and expressed grief and shock at the loss of innocent lives.
The PM assured the UP chief minister that the Centre will extend all required assistance to the state government in tackling the situation.
Mulayam meets Akhilesh
With the situation still tense in Muzaffarnagar, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday held a meeting with Akhilesh Yadav and senior officers to take stock of the situation.
Yadav sought to know from the officers why the situation could not be controlled yet and the measures taken for maintaining law and order in Muzaffarnagar.
The meeting holds significance after governor BL Joshi's report to the Centre in which he gave details of the incident and also lapses on part of the government.
"Mulayam is serious about what happened in Muzaffarnagar ... the incident is condemnable. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is himself monitoring the situation till 2am in the night," SP spokesman and Cabinet minister Rajendra Chowdhury told reporters after the meeting.
Asked whether officers are not paying heed to the chief minister, Chowdhury said, "No officer has the courage to defy orders of the CM."
Claiming that opposition was working in an undemocratic way, Chowdhury alleged they were involved in inciting and fuelling passions and added that demand for imposition of President's rule by BJP, Congress and BSP was "unjustified".
"We stopped 84 kosi yatra and thwarted attempt to communalize atmosphere of the state ... In Muzaffarnagar incident also, action will be taken against those who had taken law into their hands," Chowdhury said.
Chief secretary Javed Usmani, DGP Devraj Nagar and principal secretary, home, RM Srivastava also attended the meeting.
Mulayam had on Sunday held a meeting in which he had pulled up senior officials for their failure in taking timely action to check the violence.
When asked why permission for panchyat (called by a particular community on Saturday) was given when the situation was tense there, Chowdhury said this would be looked into.
"We will look into as to how panchayat was held there ... The entire incident will be probed," he said.
Source : TOI
Muzaffarnagar Riots : 9 Killed including IBN7 journalist, Army Deployed, Kawal violence continues
Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) : At least nine persons, including a TV channel journalist, were killed and 34 injured today as fresh violence between members of two communities erupted in Muzaffarnagar, after which indefinite curfew was imposed and the army deployed to help maintain law and order.
Tension running high since three persons were killed in Kawal village on August 27 today flared up in clashes in several parts of the district.
IBN7 channel's part-time correspondent Rajesh Verma and a photographer hired by police, Israr, were among those killed in the violence.
Officials in Lucknow said six persons were killed and curfew has been clamped in Civil lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi of Muzaffarnagar city. Officials in the district said that at least 34 people were injured.
Late tonight, a Home Department spokesman said in Lucknow that army personnel have been deployed in the riot-hit areas of the district to help the civil authorities maintain law and order.
The photographer was beaten to death at Sekeda village by a group of people returning from the meeting, police sources said.
Today's incidents occurred as a meeting was being held in Naglabadhod in defiance of prohibitory orders to demand withdrawal of cases registered in connection with August 27 violence in Kanwal.
ADG (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said in Lucknow that senior police officers including the IG law and order and IGs of Meerut and Saharanpur were camping in the area.
Five companies of PAC and as many of RAF and police have also been deployed in the troubled areas, sources said.
Source : Outlook
At least two persons, including journalist of a TV news channel, were killed on Saturday and several others were injured in fresh clashes between members of two communities in the district, where tension has been simmering since violence in Kawal village ten days ago.
IBN7 journalist Rajesh Verma and a photographer hired by police, Israr, were killed in the violence in separate parts of the district.
The incident comes shortly after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that incidents of communal violence have increased in the country and cautioned all States to remain alert and foil any attempt to disturb peace ahead of the general elections. “Communal violence incidents have increased since last year. While 410 incidents occurred in the country last year, this year, till now, 451 incidents have taken place,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
The tension initially brewed up when three persons were killed on August 27 over a dispute which has now culminated into a communal rift between two communities.
The village had witnessed a horrific series of events after two girls, returning back home with their kin Gaurav from college, were allegedly molested by a local resident Shahnawaz. Gaurav first tried to oppose Shahnawaz’s act but finally decided to go home silently.
After sometime, Gaurav returned with his friend on bike and allegedly attacked Shahnawaz with sharp weapon. Meanwhile, hearing Shahnawaz’s cries, his neighbours rushed to his rescue. They nabbed the two youths and beat them mercilessly to death. When Shahnawaz was taken to hospital, he was also declared dead by the doctors.
After the three deaths, tension prevailed in the area and incidences of violence have denied to end.
During the fresh violence, a photographer was beaten to death in Sekeda village by a group of people returning from a meeting, police sources said.
Shinde said all States have been alerted in view of recent incidents and he has personally called up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday and discussed the subject.
In a related incident, five persons were injured when members of two communities pelted stones at each other in Basiakla village. In Ilmanspur village, a mob set afire a vehicle.
Security had been tightened in view of Naglabadhod meeting and prohibitory orders imposed in the area, police said.
Several people had participated in the first meeting held in the aftermath of Kawal violence despite a ban imposed by the district authorities.
Meanwhile, crime branch on Saturday arrested ex-Jansath block head, Virender Singh, for an alleged provocative speech during the last meeting on August 31.
Singh is cousin of Shashank Shekhar Singh, who was former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary in the previous Mayawati Government in the State.
According to DSP JR Joshi, the ex-block head was arrested for allegedly participating in an “unauthorised meeting” while prohibitory orders were in force in the area.
DGP Deo Raj Nagar said the Government has formed a Special Task Force to investigate the Kawal incident.
“Some elements are trying to create communal tension in the region. The STF will be helpful to normalise the situation. No one would be allowed to breach peace in the area,” he said.
Source : Niti Cental
The UP Police have asked social networking site Facebook to remove a video that shows two persons being beaten to death by a mob. They said the video wrongly claims that the incident is of Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar where on August 27 two persons were beaten to death by locals after they allegedly killed a youth from the minority community.
The video is old and has no connection with the Kawal village incident, the police clarified.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Swapnil Mamgain said one Shivam Kumar downloaded the video from Youtube and posted it on Facebook, asking people to see what is going on in Muzaffarnagar.
The video was shared by many people, including BJP MLA from Sardhana in Meerut Sangeet Som.
The police Monday registered an FIR against the MLA, Shivam Kumar, and 229 unidentified persons for sharing the video. They have been booked under Sections 420 (forgery), 153-A (promoting enmity on religious grounds) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act at the Kotwali police station in Muzaffarnagar.
Inspector of the Kotwali police station Satya Pal Singh said the number of people who have shared the video have crossed 500 by now.
The Assistant SP said they have also sought details about Shivam Kumar who downloaded the video. He added that after the FIR was lodged, some people have deleted the video from their account.
MLA Som said a youth in his office had only liked the video and did not share it with anyone. "I don't know why have the police dragged my name in the case. I came to know about it yesterday. No policemen has contacted me yet," he said.
On August 27, according to a complaint lodged with police, one Gaurav and his cousin Sachin of Malikpura village attacked Shahnawaz of Kawal village with knives after latter passed lewd remarks on their two female cousins. Shahnawaz suffered grievous injuries in the attack. While locals rushed him to hospital, others caught hold of Sachin and Gaurav and lynched them. Shahnawaz died during treatment.
Two separate cases have been lodged. Seven persons have been named for the murder of Gaurav and Sachin while eight have been booked for Shahnawaz's murder.
Following the incident, both villages have been witnessing widespread protests with the administration imposing section 144 CrPC there.
Source : Indian Express
Police on Saturday arrested Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Dharamvir Baliyan, party’s district president Ajit Rathi and ten other political activists when they tried to visit communal violence hit Kawal village of Muzaffarnagar district.
It is reported that they were to go to there to hold meetings. The police sealed all roads leading to the area.
Also, the authorities on Saturday sealed all roads including, Khatima-Panipat Highway, for reaching Kawal Village.
Earlier on Friday, the district administration warned that anyone found indulging in violence in the area will be booked under the National Security Act.
On hearing reports that groups were planning to hold separate meetings over the issue, District Magistrate Koshal Raj Sharma had said that no one will be allowed to do so as prohibitory orders continue to remain in force.
Five FIRs have been registered in connection with the case and eleven people have so far been arrested and booked under various charges, including that of rioting and murder, police said.
Tension had erupted in the village on Tuesday after three persons were killed in a minor dispute following the collision of two motorbikes.
Uttar Pradesh : Security has been stepped up in Kawal village of Muzaffarnagar district as tension prevails after three persons were killed on Tuesday over a dispute which has now culminated into communal rift between two communities.The village witnessed a horrific series of events after two Hindu girls, returning back with their kin Gaurav from college, were molested by Shahnawaz, a local resident of the village. Gaurav first tried to oppose the act but finally decided to go home silently.
After sometime, Gaurav returned with his friend on bike and allegedly attacked Shahnawaz with sharp weapon. Meanwhile, Shahnawaz’s neighbours rushed to his rescue. They nabbed the two youths and beat them mercilessly to death. When Shahnawaz was taken to hospital, he was also declared dead by the doctors. Ironically, the police personnel were present near the spot of the incident but didn’t act in time.
After the three deaths, the security has been tightened and patrolling intensified as tension prevailed in the area. A posse of police have been deployed to maintain law and order.
A case has already been registered in this regard.
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