Muzaffarnagar violence: 130 arrested, death toll climbs to 31

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 09, 2013 21:34 hrs

Muzaffarnagar: One hundred and thirty people have been arrested so far following the riots in Muzaffarnagar, where 31 people have died and more than three dozen were injured in communal violence over the weekend.

Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Uttar Pradesh Arun Kumar informed on Monday that 30 more people have been arrested since morning, taking the total number arrests to 130.

"30 more people were arrested today. There is a disturbance in Shyamli and Meerut. Pistols, revolvers and country made pistols and swords were found and have been seized. More than 130 people have been arrested till now," he told media here today.

Kumar, who confirmed that 31 people have lost their lives so far following the violence, further said that the situation in Muzaffarnagar is better than yesterday, and things were moving back to normalcy.

According to a television channel, four BJP MLAs and a former Congress MP have been booked for Muzaffarnagar riots.

The administration has issued shoot-at-sight orders, as the violence has spread to the rural areas. The violence spread to Baghpat district late last night, where one person was killed and four others injured.

The army staged the flag march and took over law and order responsibilities in the districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The army has also been deployed in Meerut.

Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on Saturday when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community.

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