Two days after the mob violence that led to six deaths, the city police have lodged an FIR against 4,000-5,000 unidentified persons under at least 14 stringent sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other provisions of Criminal Law Amendment Act and Damage to Public Property Act.
Several theories are being propounded about the pages. Intelligence sources said the pages 'seemed planted' to create enmity between two communities.
Many also believe that the violence could have been a 'planned diversionary tactic' to buy time and avert attention from notices sent to the meat-processing units by the state pollution control board recently. Sources also hinted at the involvement of local residents.
However, district magistrate Aparna Upadhyaya alleged that several outsiders were present in the mob. "Initial inquiries have revealed that many eyewitnesses failed to recognise anyone in the mob,” she said.
Meanwhile on Monday, the curfew in the area was lifted for a brief period, between 11am and 4pm. Officials said the arrangement will continue for some more days.
FIRED TO SAVE LIVES
Upadhyaya also said that the police had to resort to firing to save the lives of about 25 people trapped in the Masuri police station after mob tried to set them on fire.
Recounting the Friday night horror, the families of the policemen who live in the nearly 25-30 homes of the Masuri police colony said that rioters had begun targeting their children after setting the police barracks on fire and no one had come to their aid.
"We had to hide our children inside the boxes and even beneath the bed to save their lives," said Sudha Sharma, a resident of the colony.