The recent clashes between the two communities in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, that has claimed three lives, has yet again put the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in the dock.
Facing flak over the deteriorating law and order in the state,the Chief Minister had earlier admitted that as many as 27 incidents of communal violence took place since the SP formed government in Uttar Pradesh. Saturday’s violence has added yet another chapter of communal clashes during Akhilesh’s regime.
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Below are the incidents of major communal clashes that occured in Uttar Pradesh during SP government:
June 01, 2012, Mathura: The state witnessed the first riot under the SP government on June 1,when two communities clashed over using water at a religious site in Kosi Kalan,about 45 km from Mathura. Four persons were killed and 16 others injured in the clashes that broke out,reportedly after a pedestrian used water meant for some religious purpose. Police lodged 50 FIRs and arrested 40 people. Nearly 400 people were held under preventive detention. A former Uttar Pradesh minister and his MLC brother were among 156 people booked in connection with the clashes.
June 23, Pratapgarh: Paratapgarh was the second to witness riot on June 23 when 46 houses of Muslims were torched at Asthan village following the gangrape and murder of a minor Dalit girl on June 20. The violence erupted when the body of an 11-year-old Dalit girl,who was allegedly gangraped and murdered on June 20,was being taken for cremation. People were angry over the police’s “late reaction” to the incident. Two FIRs were registered and 30 people were arrested.
July 23, Bareilly: Bareilly saw rioting twice in less than a month. Three persons were killed and 20 injured in Bareilly on July 23 in a clash that spread to neighbouring Aonla after which curfew was imposed in both the places. The clash took place following some altercation between Muslims observing Ramzan and Hindu ‘kanwarias’ taking out their ‘sawan’ (rainy season) processions. Among the 20 injured was Superintendent of Police (city) Shiv Sagar Singh and seven other cops,besides 12 local residents belonging to both the communities. People indulged in stone-pelting,firing and arson. Later it spread to some other areas of the city and some persons set fire to a vegetable market in Sahmatganj and some shops in Jogi Nawada area. Seventy five people were arrested in connection with the incident.
August 11, Bareilly: Riots took place in Bareilly again on August 11 at Shyamganj crossing and Jagatpur locality. This time,the trigger was pelting of stones on a religious procession. This led to heavy brick-batting and firing in which three got injured and one suffered bullet injury. The administration imposed curfew in four police station areas. A total of 38 FIRs were filed and 293 people were arrested.
August 18, Lucknow and Allahabad: The rioting took place on August 18 in Lucknow and Allahabad where the mob smashed vehicles,stoned shops,beat up mediapersons and vandalised Buddha Park in Lucknow,allegedly in protest against “atrocities on Muslims” in Myanmar and Assam. In Lucknow,the police lodged five FIRs,while in Allahabad,two FIRs were lodged and 15 people were arrested.
September 15, Ghaziabad: Six persons were killed and 25 injured,including two critically,in violence and arson during a protest against alleged desecration of a holy book in Dasna,Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The protest was triggered after torn pages from a holy book were found at Adhyatmik Nagar station platform in Dasna. During the rioting,several shops and at least 50 vehicles were destroyed. Two people died of gunshot wounds,and four after injuries caused by blunt objects during stonepelting.
October 24, Faizabad: Two persons were killed in clashes in Faizabad district during idol immersion on the occasion of Vijay Dashmi on October 24. Over two dozen shops were torched by rioters in Chowk,Bhadarsa and Bikapur.The violence followed a dispute between Hindus and Muslims over the route to be taken for a procession for immersion of idols of Durga on Vijayadashami.
January 16, 2013 | Lucknow: One person was shot dead and 10 people were critically injured in a sectarian clash which took place on January 16 after members of one sect fired at a gathering observing Muharram mourning in Wazirganj police station area of the old city in Lucknow. The second victim who was passing by on a scooter and had suffered three bullet injuries,succumbed to his injuries in hospital later.
February 04, Muzaffarnagar: At least 25 people,including some policemen,were injured when a clash broke out on February 04 between two groups in Shamli following which security was tightened in the area. A case was registered against 300 people in connection with violence.
April 06, Meerut: Twelve people were injured after communal clashes broke out in the town on April 06 over an inflamatory post on social networking site Facebook. Angry members of a community pelted stones on a bus carrying a marriage party.
July 27, Meerut: Two people,including a woman,were killed and over a dozen injured after communal riots broke out in Nanglamal village in Meerut. The incident took place when members of two communities had a verbal tiff over blaring loudspeakers at a temple and a nearby mosque. Things got out of hand when members of one community damaged the loudspeaker of the temple. This led to the clash,during which bullets were fired,forcing the police to lathi-charge both the groups.
August 27,Muzaffarnagar: In yet another incident of communal violence,three persons were killed over a minor dispute that triggered tension in the area. The incident took place in the Jansath area of Muzaffarnagar,when a youth was caught harassing a girl. Her brother and his friend bashed up the alleged molestor and shot him dead,but were themselves lynched by a mob.
September 03, Muzaffarnagar: One person was shot dead and 10 others injured in a clash between two communities over dumping of garbage in Shamli.
September 07, Muzaffarnagar: Violence between members of two communities sparked riots in Muzaffarnagar that left claimed 61 lives. The communal riots had displaced over 50,000 people in the district.
October 30, Muzaffarnagar: Four persons were killed in fresh outbreak of communal violence in Budhana area of Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The victims were among those staying in relief camps after the recent riots, reports had claimed.
July 26, 2014 | Saharanpur: At least three people were killed and 27 injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Saharanpur city of western Uttar Pradesh in the wee hours of July 26 over a small plot of land situated next to a gurdwara. Trouble began when members of one community started construction work at the site in Kutubsher area in the wee hours, which was objected to by the other group. Both the sides indulged in heavy brick-batting, arson and opened fire and there were reports of several shops being gutted in the clash. Uttar Pradesh government has announced financial aid of Rs 10 lakh each for the next of kin of the three persons killed in the clashes.
(With PTI inputs)