The death of four persons in communal clashes in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar districts within a span of ten days has pushed the state government on the edge.
Fearing the communal tension might also spread to neighbouring districts, the state government has now deployed central paramilitary forces (CPMF) in both the districts.
Senior police officers and extra police force were also rushed from Lucknow to assist the district administration in maintaining law and order.
“The situation in communally sensitive districts was quite fluid as communal clashes are erupting on trivial issues,” said a senior Home department officer.
In Shamli, the trouble started after a sweeper refused to remove garbage from the house of a resident.
There was heated exchange between the two leading to clashes between two communities.
In Muzaffarnagar, clashes between the two communities started in Kaval area after harassment of a girl by a youth belonging to another community.
Earlier, two people, including a woman, were killed and over one dozen injured in clashes between two communities in Nagla Mal village in Meerut districts on July 27.
On August 22, tension gripped Palchanda village in Aligarh district after the Jat community gave the call to boycott the Muslims after a Jat woman eloped with a Muslim man.
Talking to HT, ADG (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said though no untoward incident was reported on Thursday, the district administration officials of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and other districts had been told to remain alert.
Even though the disturbances are limited to West UP districts, the state government has alerted the district administration of all the 75 districts in view of the input from the central intelligence agencies over chances communal flare up.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had on Monday directed the principal secretary, Home, RM Srivastava and DGP Deoraj Nagar to take required measures to check communal clashes and to take strict action against the communal elements.
With Lok Sabha elections round the corner, political parties were out to make the most of the situation, said Sanjay Singh, a social activists.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sponsored ‘chaurasi kos yatra’ from Ayodhya was planned to polarize the voters belonging to majority community.
To send a message to its minority vote bank, the Samajwadi Party had banned the yatra after initially giving a green signal to VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and Praveen Togadia.
General secretary of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind Maulana Mahmood Madani has shot off a letter to the state government demanding action against those targeting the Muslim community.
Demanding action against anti social elements, Madani said communal forces were now provoking the youths.
“The report of the inquiry committees constitued to probe communal violence should be made public and action should be taken against the officers who failed to check the clashes,” said SK Mishra, a faculty in Lucknow University.