UP CM Akhilesh Yadav reaches Muzaffarnagar, faces protest

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Muzaffarnagar, Sept 15: Amid tight security, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday reached riot-affected areas of Muzaffarnagar district in the western part of the state.

According to reports, Akhilesh received hostile reception when he reached the Kawal village, the origin of the three-day violence that engulfed Muzaffarnagar district and nearby areas, forcing the government to deploy the army.

Some locals also raised slogans against Akhiesh Yadav, who visited the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar almost after a week when clashes broke out.

Akhilesh reportedly met the father of the boy who was killed by Jats from Malikpura village on August 27.

The CM is also set to go to other troubled parts of the district including Shahpur and Mirpur, officials said.

He will call on the family of slain TV journalist Rajesh Sharma, who was killed while reporting on the communal clashes, the officials said.

Muzaffarnagar's SSP suspended

Meanwhile,Facing heat over the violence in Muzaffarnagar, the UP government suspended and ordered departmental action against the then SSP, Muzaffarnagar, Subhash Chandra Dubey for allegedly failing to control communal incidents in the district.

"A departmental inquiry has been ordered against Dubey besides suspending him due to his failure in timely controlling communal incidents in Muzaffarnagar", a Home department release issued here said.

Dubey was earlier transferred on September 9 and attached to the DGP office and Praveen Kumar was posted as SSP Muzaffarnagar.

DIG range Saharanpur DC Mishra was also transferred with Dubey and attached to DG office.

PM, Sonia to visit Muzaffarnagar

Although tension eased in the district after the curfew was relaxed for 12 hours (from 7am to 7pm)on Saturday, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) has been facing flak for the continuing lawlessness in the state.

The chief minister has also been targetted by the opposition for allegedly failing to curb the violence that claimed 48 lives.

The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is expected to visit Muzaffarnagar on Monday, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi are likely to visit the district next week.

OneIndia News

(With agency inputs)

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