Muzaffarnagar clashes: Supreme Court to hear PIL demanding CBI probe


Muzaffarnagar, Sept 11: Amid growing clamour, the Supreme Court will hear a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding the CBI probe into the Muzaffarnagar clashes, on Thursday.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi, before whom the matter was mentioned, posted the hearing for tomorrow.

"We only think that they are human beings," Justice Singhvi observed as senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for nine petitioners, noted that human life could not be lost on account of negligence in governance. Subramaniam said the plea was a cry of anguish and the victims could not be distinguished on the basis of their caste, creed or colour.

However, another report said that the PIL has been filed by Mohammed Haroon and others seeking court's direction to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to find out the reason behind the communal clashes in the state and to take immediate steps to control the violence.

The PIL also sought that the affected persons should be properly rehabilitated and the culprits behind the incident most be brought to book.

The petitioners alleged that houses of around 20,000 people have been burnt and they must be provided temporary shelter and food and medicines be also supplied to the affected families.

With the situation limping back to normalcy, the district administration on Wednesday decided to relax curfew for four hours from 12 noon to 4 pm in three areas- Kotwali, Civil Lines and Nai Mandi in the Muzaffarnagar district.

The PIL also sought that the affected persons should be properly rehabilitated.

After reviewing the situation, the district administration took decision to relax curfew for four hours so that people could attend necessary chores like going to medical stores, petrol pumps, grocery shops and ATMs to collect cash.

The communal clashes have so far claimed at least 40 lives since August 27 in Muzaffarnagar district and adjoining towns.

The affected areas of the western Uttar Pradesh where riots have hit are Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut, Saharanpur and Hapur.

Meanwhile, several Muslim organisations today demanded dismissal of Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh and imposition of President's rule in the state, saying Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has failed to contain communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and surrounding areas.

The Muslim leaders alleged that more than 105 communal flare-ups have taken place within two years of the SP regime, which shows the failure of the government.

The Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde also warned that the country may witness more communal violence ahead of the 2014 general election as he indicated that some political parties could be behind the riots in Muzaffarnagar in UP.

"I cannot say about political conspiracies till I get a complete report about the violence (in Muzaffarnagar). But political parties could indulge in," he told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

Yesterday, the state's chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said, "The state government would deal strictly with all those who have tried to create communal chasm and harm the atmosphere of Muzaffarnagar and Uttar Pradesh."

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the communal clashes.

OneIndia News

(With Agency inputs)

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