Muzaffarnagar riots: No arrests yet, Uma Bharti threatens UP government

The Uttar Pradesh government did not arrest any of the political leaders belonging to various parties on Wednesday.

Updated: Sep 19, 2013, 00:30 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government did not arrest any of the political leaders belonging to various parties on Wednesday, even as a local court issued warrants against them for inciting violence in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar district.

Meanwhile, amidst high drama in front of the state Assembly today, Uma Bharti led her party workers in protest against the possible arrest of BJP leaders, Sangeet Som and others. A large posse of police was deployed in front of the Vidhan Sabha.

Uma dared the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP to arrest the BJP leaders and threatened of consequences if any such move was made. She also accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of targeting a particular party.

The Muzaffarnagar Chief Judicial Magistrate issued non-bailable warrants against several Uttar Pradesh politicians for allegedly inciting violence through inflammatory speeches that took more than 45 lives in the district and adjoining areas.

These include BSP MP Qadir Rana, BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh, BSP MLAs Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel, Congress leader Saeeduzaman and BKU chief Naresh Tikait among others, the police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said action would be taken against them in two days.

"We have arrested three to four politicians...we have collected some evidence...some more evidence is to be collected and very soon will be arrested...whoever is guilty will be arrested in two days...this is subject to investigation," he said.

The politicians and the community leaders are wanted for violating prohibitory orders and provoking communal tension by inflammatory speeches in different meetings (mahapanchayats) in the district.
Qadir Rana had called a meeting at Khalapar on August 30 to lodge protest against the incident. However, the meeting turned volatile after inflammatory speeches were delivered there.

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Subsequently, on August 31 the BJP leaders led by MLA Hukum Singh called a condolence meeting at Kawaal seeking justice for the killing of the two brothers on August 27.

Inflammatory speeches were delivered there as well following which the police registered an FIR against Hukum Singh and three other BJP MLAs Suresh Rana, Bhartendu Singh and BJP`s Sangeet Singh Some in this connection.

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Communal violence had flared up in Muzaffarnagar after two brothers of a girl allegedly killed her stalker Shahnawaz on August 27 in Kawaal village. A little later, the girl’s brothers Gaurav and Sachin were also killed. This led to trouble in the entire district.

With Agency inputs