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3 surrender for killings which sparked riots

The three who surrendered have been identified as Jahangir,Nadeem and Billa.

Three of the accused wanted in the murder of two youths,Sachin and Gaurav,surrendered before a local court in Muzaffarnagar on Monday. The two youths were killed in Kawaal village on September 27,after they reportedly killed a Muslim youth,Shahnawaz. The deaths sparked clashes in the area which left many dead.

The three who surrendered have been identified as Jahangir,Nadeem and Billa. They have been sent to jail. While Jahangir and Nadeem are Shahnawaz’s brothers,Billa is his cousin. The special investigation cell set up by the state government to investigate the Muzaffarnagar riots had obtained non-bailable warrants for the trio.

With this,five accused have been jailed so far for the murder of Sachin and Gaurav. While Shahnawaz’s cousin Mohammad Mujassim was arrested in October,another resident,Furqan,was arrested earlier. No arrests have been made so far in the Shahnawaz murder case. Shahnawaz’s father Saleem had named eight persons,including Gaurav and Sachin,and Sachin’s family members.

“The police have arrested five persons,including our family members,for the murder of Sachin and Gaurav,but no arrests have been made in the murder of Shahnawaz who was killed in full public view,” said Shahnawaz’s uncle Abdul Sattar.

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Sachin and Gaurav are reported to have killed Shahnawaz after the latter allegedly passed objectionable remarks against their sister. But the FIRs lodged in the case do not mention this. “There was no mention of eve-teasing in the FIR lodged in connection with the double murder. The investigation is going on and the actual motive behind the murders will come out,” said Muzaffarnagar SSP HN Singh.

“The police never made public the content of the FIR which states that the incident occured following a quarrel over collision of bicycles,” said Sattar.