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Muzaffarnagar: Families of 3 youths whose death sparked violence appeal for peace

All three families say they did not expect their personal tragedy would lead to so many deaths.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
September 10, 2013 1:50:04 am

The deaths of their sons reportedly triggered the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar which has claimed 31 lives in three days. But all three families say they did not expect their personal tragedy would lead to so many deaths.

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“If the administration allows,we will come out and request the people to close this chapter. We only wanted the accused to be brought to justice,we never participated in any of the meetings organised after the incident,” said Bishan Singh,father of Sachin Taliyan,24,one of the three persons killed in Kawal village on August 27. Sachin was married and had a two-and-a-half-year-old child.

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“We did not want our son’s murder to be made into a political issue,although political leaders visited us. Amid the present violence,my son’s case has taken a backseat. We want the police to arrest the accused,” said Ravinder Singh,father of Gaurav Kumar.

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According to reports,Gaurav,a resident of the nearby Malipura village and a Class 12 student,was on his way home from school with his two female cousins when Shahnawaz,22,allegedly passed some lewd remarks.

After an argument with Shahnawaz,Gaurav left the place,but later returned with Sachin and a few others.

The group allegedly attacked Shahnawaz with knives. While some residents rushed Shahnawaz to hospital,others caught hold of Sachin and Gaurav and reportedly lynched them. Shahnawaz later died in hospital.

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The families of Gaurav and Shahnawaz also said they had not participated in any public meeting held after the incident.

Shahnawaz’s uncle,Shameem,said his family has left their home in Kawal village and fled to an undisclosed place. “Everyone fears being arrested on the charge of double murder,” he said. “We also want the accused to be arrested and do not support this violence,” he added.

Police have been deployed at the houses of both Ravinder Singh and Bishan Singh. “We believe the district police and administration are also responsible for the situation because they did not take the matter seriously. Instead of arresting the accused,they framed us in the case,” said Ravinder Singh.

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