The National Minorities Commission during its meeting with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday expressed concern over alleged threatening of Muzaffarnagar riot victims for withdrawing the case. The commission also requested Akhilesh for keeping a tight vigil in western region of state and stepping up security in wake of coming bypolls.
The NMC team, which included its chairman Naseem Ahmed, member Fareeda Abdullah Khan and secretary Surjeet Choudhary, also presented documents to substantiate their claim that Muzaffarnagar riot victims were being threatened. “We have been following the Muzaffarnagar communal riots. We have received several complaints where victims are being threatened to withdraw cases. We gave the details to CM Akhilesh Yadav who assured us of action,” Fareeda Abdullah Khan told The Indian Express. NMC also apprised Akhilesh that besides threats, victims were being offered double the compensation and asked to withdraw cases.
The commission also raised the Saharanpur incident and informed the state government that some outsiders were involved in the riots and they should be identified and booked. NMC also mentioned that compensation should be paid according to the amount of loss, instead of a fixed sum. It also mentioned that innocents who had been arrested should be released. The team also requested Akhilesh to beef up security in western UP in view of the approaching bypolls.
Later, state government in its official press release said Akhilesh has stated that his government is strongly against those influencing or harming riot victims and their families in Muzaffarnagar.
Akhilesh also stressed that state government is taking effective steps to punish the culprits. He also assured the NMC team that families of those still missing would be provided all help.
The state government also claimed that state’s intelligence department has been made specially active to keep tab on sensitive issues and incidents as small occurences often snowball into big communal incidents. Principal secretary Home Neeraj Gupta and DGP A L Bannerjee were also present during the meeting.