Muzaffarnagar riots: Jaggery trade takes a serious beating

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New Delhi, Sept 9: The death toll in the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh have gone up to 27 and the local businesses have suffered a loss of whopping Rs 150 crore, said reports. Muzaffarnagar is known for its jaggery trade and according to sources, the business has been badly hit when the sales were at their peak. Jaggery traders are losing nearly Rs 4,000 per ton of jaggery a day and are also being forced to sell their products at a much lower rate.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi has criticised the Akhilesh Yadav government's handling of the riot and mentioned the same in the state's report on the situation to the Centre, which the latter had sought earlier.

On Sunday, the army conducted a flag march in the district while personnel of the Rapid Action Force, Provincial Armed Constabulary and the state police were deployed on the streets to maintain calm. The state government has also given shoot-at-sight orders in the district.

The UP Governor has criticised the Akhilesh govt's handling of the riots

The opposition parties have slammed the Akhilesh government and his father, Samajwadi Party chief and former CM Mulayam Singh Yadav, also cautioned Akhilesh over the riot situation. He reportedly told his son that incidents like these would not only harm the poll prospects of their party next year but also damage Akhilesh's image as an administrator.

The BSP and RLD have demanded President's Rule in the state.

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