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Muzaffarnagar riots: Arrest of MLAs ‘avoided’ due to Assembly session,say cops

Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday said the arrest was being "deliberately avoided".

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lucknow | Published: September 19, 2013 8:15:33 pm

Amid mounting pressure for arrest of MLAs accused of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar,Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday said the arrest was being “deliberately avoided” as the session of state Assembly is in progress.

“Arrest was avoided deliberately as Assembly session is underway,” IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma told reporters.

The officer said that there was a process for arrest of MLAs while the session was in progress. “We cannot arrest MLAs from Vidhan Sabha and for any action outside the Assembly,Speaker has to be informed,” the IG said.

“It is a joint decision to put the arrest on hold,but it’s a court process and we will execute it,” he said.

The IG said that due action would be taken against the MLAs and the warrants were with SSP Muzaffarnagar.

He also denied that the recent deaths of two persons had communal angle,saying the double murder took place over monetary dispute.

“One Deepak shot dead Omwati (40) over monetary dispute and he later shot his father Rakesh Goel,who attempted to interfere,” he said.

A local court in Muzaffarnagar had on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against 16 politicians and community leaders including BSP MP Qadir Rana,BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh,BSP MLAs Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel,Congress leader Saeeduzaman and BKU chief Naresh Tikait.

Action would be taken against them in two days,Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar had said.

“We have arrested three to four politicians…we have collected some evidence…some more evidence is to be collected and very soon will be arrested…whoever is guilty will be arrested in two days…this is subject to investigation,” he had said.

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