Zee Media Bureau
Lucknow: As death toll in the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and other areas rose to 31, Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Arun Kumar on Monday said that the situation was moving back to normal.
Speaking to the media, the ADG said that the situation is better than yesterday and things are moving back to normalcy.
Giving details about the Muzzafarnagar violence, Kumar said that thirty one people have died and 130 persons have been arrested till now.
"We are also cancelling arms licenses in Phugana, Shahpur, Dhaurakalan as they were misused during the violence," ADG, Law and Order, Arun Kumar told reporters in Muzaffarnagar.
Meanwhile, Union Home Ministry asked Uttar Pradesh government to send Muzaffarnagar situation report every 12 hours. It also asked the state government to deploy enough forces in rural areas in the district where violence is yet to be contained.
A blame game erupted with the opposition accusing the state government of failing to act in time to prevent the violence and the ruling Samajwadi Party hitting back, saying its rivals were trying to stir up communal trouble.
Sectarian violence started when some people pelted stones at a bus carrying people to a "mahapanchayat" where elders of two religious groups were meeting to sort out the simmering tension between Jats, a farming community, and Muslims ever since three youth were killed Aug 27 over a case of stalking, allegedly of a Jat Hindu girl by a Muslim youth.