Terming the situation in violence-hit Muzaffarnagar as far from normal,Minister of State for Minority Welfare Chitranjan Swaroop,who represents Muzaffarnagar assembly constituency,claimed he had alerted his senior cabinet minister Azam Khan about the prevailing tension in the district while the local administration ignored his advice of clamping curfew before Jat Mahapanchayat.
Azam,besides being Minority Welfare Minister,is also the minister in charge of Muzaffarnagar.
“I had asked the DM and SSP of Muzaffarnagar to clamp curfew in the district after the Jat panchayat on August 31. They did not take it seriously and stated sab shanti hai. The result is for everyone to see, Swaroop said on Tuesday.
After that I informed Azam Khan about the prevailing tension and the ground situation in Muzaffarnagar. Though I personally did not inform Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,it was understood that the matter will be conveyed to him, Swaroop said.
Swaroop is a three-term MLA from Muzaffarnagar and his son,Gaurav Swaroop,has been declared the SP candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from Muzaffarnagar.
I apprehended large-scale violence as those attending the Jat Mahapanchayat on September 7 were armed with lathis,spears and even firearms. They were abusing others and raising provocative slogans while on their way to attend the Mahapanchayat. I knew for sure that there will be violence, he said.
Obviously if you abuse someone,there will be reactions. If someone abuses me,I will not offer tea,they are also humans, he said over the attacks on people returning from the Mahapanchayat.
Blaming the district administration for taking his
advice lightly,Swaroop remarked: It was the most shortsighted decision by the district administration. They just sat and let things happen.
The situation may be called as under control but actually it is still not normal. I am in Muzaffarnagar and last night night (Monday) nearly 10 -12 bodies were recovered from rural areas. It is increasingly becoming difficult to stop violence as there are nearly 1,700 villages in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, he said.