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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Muzaffarnagar: death toll at 47, police arrest 187 people

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Muzaffarnagar, September 13, 2013
First Published: 22:13 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:16 IST(13/9/2013)

The crackdown on the anti-social elements continued in the districts of West of UP on Friday. The police nabbed 187 persons on the charge of rioting. With recovery of four dead bodies the death toll since the outbreak of communal violence reached 47.


One dead body was recovered in Jani area of Meerut , two in Muzzafarnagar and one in Shamli district.
 
A police officer said two dead bodies were recovered from the Ganga Canal of Jauli. Out of which one was recovered from the small drain of Tulsipur while second was recovered from Chittora Jhaal. The age of one deceased is assessed about 25 years while the other is said to be 30 year old. After the recovery of the dead bodies, a crowd of villagers gathered on the spot but both the dead bodies could not be recognized.

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It is assumed that the both the dead bodies were the result of communal violence occurred in village Jauli over the bank side road of Ganga Canal, but no official confirmation was made by the police administration.

If these dead bodies will be included among the persons died in the communal clash, then the death toll will reach upto 40 in Muzaffarnagar district only. The police officials said the dead bodies have been sent for post mortem and investigation was continuing.
 
The police was carrying out raids and searches in six districts including Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut, Hapur and Shamli districts. The paramilitary forces have been deployed in the six districts. According to official figure 38 people have died in Muzaffarnagar, 3 in Shamli, 1 in Saharanpur, 3 in Baghpat and 2 deaths have been reported in Meerut district.
 
An uneasy calm prevailed in Meerut following recovery of a teenager’s body from a graveyard on Thursday night. Police have arrested two youths of another community on charges of murder. The deceased was a resident of Subhash Nagar locality and was missing since Wednesday evening after having a fight with  some lads of another community over running a cyber cafe.

Muslims offered Friday prayers at Imliyaan Mosque, situated at a stone’s throw away from the spot of the incident, under tight security arrangements. However, many shopkeepers kept their  establishments shut on Friday and scanty traffic was observed on roads.

IG, Special Task Force, Ashish Gupta said though the situation was returning fast to normal and the curfew was relaxed from 7am to 7pm.

Anxiety prevailed among the people in the rural areas he said and added to instill confidence among the villagers police was deployed in the area. 

Gupta said 547 fixed police pickets and 536 mobile police team has been deployed in the rurala reas of Muzaffarnagar district.
 
The paramilitary forces organized flag march and the police organized intensive patrolling  in the rural heartland of the district.
 
Gupta said action under section 107/16 was taken against 11,000 persons, case under section 151 IPC has been registered against 1918 persons and 2400 firearms licence has been cancelled. The police have arrested total 1766 persons.

National Security Act (NSA) has been slapped on 11 persons involved in the killing. The police also seized 182 illegal arms in the house-to-house search in the area, he said.


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