RPN Singh appeals for calm in Muzaffarnagar, says politics can be played later

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 04, 2013 18:40 hrs

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Monday appealed to everyone to stop politicizing the communal clashes at Muzaffarnagar where 31 people died and more than three dozen injured, and assured that the Centre would do whatever it takes to maintain peace and tranquility in the region.

"Politics can be played later, firstly we want peace and calm to return to Muzzafarnagar, there should be brotherhood among the people and all rumours pertaining to that place should be looked into immediately. Central government has deployed army columns and paramilitary forces there. Home Ministry is in constant touch with the UP government," he told media here today.

"We had received a report from officials of the UP Government, which states that since yesterday afternoon there have not been acts of violence in that area. However, tension still prevails and the Centre would do whatever it takes to maintain peace in that region," he added.

The Uttar Pradesh administration has suspended the Station House Officer (SHO) of Fugana and arrested over 130 persons following the riots in Muzaffarnagar, where 31 people have died and more than three dozen were injured in communal violence over the weekend.

Top officials, including Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner S K Srivastava, DIG D C Mishra and Meerut I G Brijbhushan, have been shunted out. Four IG-level officers have now been sent to Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Bagpat to control the situation.

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.

According to reports, four BJP MLAs and a former Congress MP have been booked for Muzaffarnagar riots for making inflammatory remarks at a meeting on Saturday of thousands of Jat farmers.

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. (ANI)

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