Muzaffarnagar violence: SP will never play communal politics, says Akhilesh Yadav

More than a week after communal violence rocked Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said on Sunday that the incident was a tragic one.

Updated: Sep 15, 2013, 17:31 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Muzaffarnagar: More than a week after communal violence rocked Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said on Sunday that the incident was a tragic one and appealed to all those who had left their homes and fled to come back.

The UP CM assured everyone that whoever was involved in flaring up communal violence and vitiating the atmosphere would be strictly dealt with. "The incident was very tragic. I appeal to all those who have fled to come back," he said.

When asked whether the recent violence in UP was reminiscent of the riots that had taken place in Gujarat in 2002, he said, "Don`t compare theses riots with anything else. This is a sad event which has taken place."

"A commission of inquiry is investigating all the angles. If there have been any lapses on the party of administration then it will be dealt with strongly," he added.

On accusations that Samajwadi Party was playing communal politics in the state, he reacted, "There should be no politics over violence. And SP will never play communal politics."

Akhilesh today visited the riot-hit district where he was greeted with black flags and slogan shouting from villagers.

Yadav first visited Kawal village, where three persons were killed on August 27 over an eve teasing incident after which tension has been running high in the district.

Waving black flags, the villagers shouted slogans against the "failure" of the administration in controlling the violence that has claimed 47 lives. The villagers also alleged that the CM did not receive a memorandum from them and only met `outsiders`.

Later, the Chief Minister left for Malikpura and Kandhla to meet family members of victims.

The UP CM`s visit comes a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s scheduled visit to the district for an on-the-spot assessment in the riot-hit area and commencement of the monsoon session of the state Assembly.

The PM is expected to discuss the situation with Akhilesh. Opposition parties are likely to put the government in the dock on the issue in the state Assembly.

The Akhilesh Yadav government has been facing flak over the communal violence in Muzzafarnagar with Opposition parties accusing it of trying to polarise voters.

With PTI inputs