There was no report of violence in Muzaffarnagar on Thursday even as the UP government denied permission to the BJP to hold a rally — to be addressed by LK Advani and Varun Gandhi — in Agra district on September15.
Curfew in Muzaffarnagar was relaxed from noon to 7pm.
Meanwhile, the body of a 17-year-old boy was discovered in Meerut on Thursday, leading to the arrest of three persons belonging to a different community.
The state government has announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for those who give information about people spreading a fake MMS and distributing CDs of a video clip showing a mob killing two youths. The video clip was shot in a tribal area of Pakistan, posted on a social networking site and passed off as a Muzaffarnagar clip.
Home secretary Kamal Saxena said the clip had been blocked on Youtube and Facebook. A case had been registered against those involved in sharing the video on Facebook, he said.
The police have registered FIRs against politicians including a Samajwadi Party leader who had delivered hate speeches, which stoked sectarian passions. Among them are BSP MP Qadir Rana, BSP MLA Noor Salim Rana, SP leader Rashid Siddiqui and Congress leader Said-ur-Jama.
Saxena said the police had a video clip of a public meeting addressed by leaders of various political parties in Muzaffaranagar after Friday namaz on August 30.
“We are studying the video. The leaders gave hate speeches to incite a mob.”
FIRs have been registered against BJP leaders who had delivered provocative speeches at some meetings on August 31.
Inspector general of police Ashish Gupta said the police had a video clip of the meeting.
The state government has decided to form a special cell for analysis and investigations of the communal riots.