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Uttar Pradesh considers withdrawing Muzaffarnagar riots case

A senior officer posted in Muzaffarnagar confirmed to The Sunday Express that the state government, through the Law Department, had sought details on 13 points in the case, that was registered on August 31, 2013.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: January 21, 2018 8:20 am
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The Yogi Adityanath government is learnt to be considering withdrawal of a case related to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar, and has sought opinion of the district magistrate regarding its status, and asking if withdrawing it would be the right step in public interest. A senior officer posted in Muzaffarnagar confirmed to The Sunday Express that the state government, through the Law Department, had sought details on 13 points in the case, that was registered on August 31, 2013. There is no mention of the leader’s name in the letter, except the serial number of the case.

The officer also confirmed that the state government had sought opinion on eight other criminal cases, lodged against BJP Budhana MLA Umesh Malik in Muzaffarnagar. Malik said he had no knowledge of the latter, and that he had not approached the state government for withdrawal of the cases. Malik also said that the others named in the cases against him include BJP Bijnor MP Bhartendra Singh, former Union minister and local BJP MP Sanjeev Baliyan, and Sadhvi Prachi.

Sources said that the Law Department had sent the letter in the first week of January to the DM. While Muzaffarnagar DM G S Priyadarshi was out on rounds and not available, his PRO said he had heard of such a letter but it hadn’t reached them yet. He said it would probably reach in a day or two.

Harish Chandra, ADM, Muzaffarnagar, also said the same. “No such letter has been received so far. It is possible that it will reach us soon. We will be able to speak on the matter once an official communication is received,” Chandra told The Sunday Express. Muzaffarnagar SSP Anant Deo said he was on leave but that “there was something regarding withdrawal of cases”, and said the SP, City, who was in-charge, would be able to help. SP, City, Omvir Singh, said he hadn’t seen the notice so far.

Baliyan, Bhartendra Singh and Umesh Malik are all facing cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots. One of the cases against them, which also names Sadhvi Prachi, is of making inflammatory speeches at a mahapanchayat on August 31, 2013, which is believed to have been one of the triggers for the riots. The other BJP leaders facing riots cases include BJP MLA from Thana Bhawan, Shamli, and UP minister Suresh Rana, and BJP MLA from Sardhana Sangeet Singh Som. Last year, police filed a closure report in one riot case against Som citing lack of evidence. The 2013 riots had led to 63 deaths, while over 40,000 people had been displaced.

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  1. Sabir Hasan
    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm
    Crime of the opposition party members can only be propelled to the threshold of a court. Ruling party members can find so many easy holes in the system to evade. SO, THE INDIAN LAW IS PARTIAL, BIASED, BLIND, CONDITIONAL AND MANAGEABLE.
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    1. Sabir Hasan
      Jan 21, 2018 at 8:03 pm
      It proves that law can be managed manipulated. How justice could be delivered to the victims of 2002 if its so easy to manage the justice delivery system by ruling class?
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      1. Mohd Sarwar Nasree
        Jan 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm
        Citizen of india rejoiced when yogi was made the CM of UP . It was his non partials attributes that reach out to people . Specially as his politics was based on rule of law with justice for all appea t of none . With his anti Romeo drive And improving the law and order situation in UP. With lot of assurance given to minority to safe guard their dignity and life and property . Which was greatly welcomed by the minority community .what made him to take U turn is beyond comprehension. Probably the real politics has wear out the camaraderie of mutual and peaceful co existence of two communities . He has all the power to quashed the cases against the perpetrator of communal riots , but history will keeps its records . The international community is closely watching the development . Specially if the state want to welcome the investment in up
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        1. Pais Hilary
          Jan 21, 2018 at 2:05 pm
          How dare you prosecute a BJP MLA and leader in Ulta Pradesh?
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          1. Sabir Hasan
            Jan 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm
            Not in UP but anywhere in India. 2002 is the best example. The architect of 2002 are heading the nation and the biggest political party.
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          2. Srinivasan N. Iyer
            Jan 21, 2018 at 10:48 am
            Rule of UP Govt. All cases agsinst all any BJP leader to be withdrawn. Coz they are all above law
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