The state police have registered FIRs against politicians, including a Samajwadi Party leader, who had delivered hate speeches that fanned the simmering tension, leading to the worst ever communal riots in west UP.
The communal fire in western UP was, in fact, stoked by two big gatherings on August 30 and 31, in which politicians of different hues played equal roles in the name of religion.
Among those facing the music now are Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Muzaffarnagar Qadir Rana, SP leader Rashid Siddiqui, Congress leader Saeedujjama and BSP MLA Noor Salim Rana, who have been charged with inciting the people at a public meeting held on August 30.
Home secretary Kamal Saxena said the police had video clip of the public meeting addressed by the leaders of various political parties in Muzaffaranagar after Friday namaz on August 30 and an FIR had been registered against the leaders.
Similarly, an FIR has also been registered against BJP leaders who had delivered provocative speeches at the condolence meetings organised by a particular community on August 31.
The trouble started with the killing of three youths over eveteasing in Kaval area and its subsequent branding as attack on a community by another.
While one of the groups gave a call for a mahapanchayat on August 31 to press for demand to arrest the guilty and to withdraw cases against the ‘innocent’, the other group organised a ‘show of strength’ to ask the administration to stop the panchayat a day before, August 30.
T housands g athered at Meenakshi Chowk immediately after Friday namaz and BSP MP Qadir Rana, MLA Jameel Ahmad, former MP Saeedujjama, his son Salman Saeed and BSP leader Noor Saleem Rana reportedly gave provocative speeches.
Next day, the mahapanchayat took place and here BJP’s firebrand leader Sadhvi Prachi, who had contested the previous assembly election from Purkaji constituency, reportedly countered her rivals in her own language.
“The panchayat was organised to protect the honour and respect of mothers, sisters and daughters and I had asked those who do not have respect for motherland to leave the country,” Sadhvi told HT.
While the administration erred in failing to stop both the gatherings, the BJP organised a successful Muzaffarnagar bandh on September 5 and another mahapanchayat on September 7.
Sources said the September 7 mahapanchayat was a huge hit because the morning newspapers carried photographs of the September 6 Meenakshi Chowk gathering.