Muzaffarnagar: HC notice to Azam Khan

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 13:39 hrs

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued a notice to senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his alleged involvement in the Muzaffarnagar riots that claimed at least 48 lives recently.

The high court issued the notice for allegedly pressuring police and releasing seven rioters.

Earlier, Khan had said he has nothing to with the Muzaffarnagar riots.

"I have nothing to do with Muzaffarnagar riots. I am not involved," said Khan.

Khan had slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and top brass of Congress party for touring riot-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

He also defended the state government over the handling of the situation and said it has followed law so far, which helped in stopping the riots.

"We have followed the law so far and will continue doing so. It is the law that has stopped the violence in Muzaffarnagar," he said.

Khan alleged that the riots in Muzaffarnagar were triggered by fascist forces which operate under the cover of secularism.

"Fascists in the country were bothered by the fact that the Samajwadi Party is peacefully in power in UP," Khan told reporters.

"Whatever happened there was bad and we condemn it. We will take strict action against the perpetrators," he said.

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