Three juveniles are among five of a Jat family who have been accused of torching a Muslim neighbour’s house during the September 2013 riots in Lisad village of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. The parents of one of the juveniles are the other two accused in the case.
The family, however, claims that the complainant was not present in the village on September 8, 2013 — the day the house was torched — and framed them because of an old dispute over a loan.
The family has filed a petition with police asking them to remove their names from the FIR. The case is being investigated by the Special Investigation Cell formed by the state government to probe the riot cases. The family says they learnt of the three juveniles — aged 11, 15 and 16 at the time of the incident — being named in the case after receiving summons from a local court.
Inspector Ajay Kumar Gupta, investigating officer of the case, said being a minor could not be a criterion to give a clean chit to any person. He said the case was under investigation and police moved court since the accused had not been responding to notices.
According to the FIR, the complainant, Shakeel Ahmed, said the accused turned up at his house around 11 am on September 8 with a sword, country-made pistols and a bucket of kerosene. He said the accused hurled abuses and torched his house after he fled with his family. He lodged an FIR on September 14, 2013.
The mother of one of the juvenile accused — the other two juveniles are relatives — sent a petition with an affidavit on October 8 to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, with a prayer to look into facts in the case and removal of names from the FIR. She also submitted her son’s school certificate and a character certificate. In her affidavit, she asked that proceedings against her son be dropped.