Muzaffarnagar riots: FIRs likely against 2 BJP leaders, ex-MP

Police say BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh, MLAs Suresh Rana, Bhartendu, Sangeet Som and former Congress MP Harendra Malik booked for violating prohibitory orders; 200 persons arrested, cases registered against 1,000. Tinderbox UP: takes little to spark riots in India's most populous state

india Updated: Sep 09, 2013 12:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Muzaffarnagar,Muzaffarnagar riots,communal clashes

The Muzaffarnagar administration is set to file FIRs against two BJP MLAs, a former MP now associated with the Congress and two farmer leaders for allegedly fanning unrest in the district.

According to police sources, BJP leaders Hukum Singh and Sangeet Som, former MP Harinder Malik and farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait, Naresh Tikait addressed the mahapanchayat (meeting) where provocative statements were made on Saturday.

Singh is the leader of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly, while Som is the MLA from Sardana. Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait are top Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders.

It was not immediately clear what charges these leaders would be booked under, but a police official who did not want to be named said there was a clear case of violation of the administration's prohibitory orders clamped under section 144 CrPC.

Locals fear the FIRs against the leaders could stoke fresh unrest.

Violence erupted after people returning from the meeting held at Nagla Mandor village under Sikhara police station were attacked.

The meeting had been convened over the murder of two people of a community. The two murders followed the killing of a man from another community on August 27 over alleged vulgar remarks passed at a girl.

Meanwhile, Shamli adjoining Muzaffarnagar witnessed a flag march by the army on Sunday evening. Several villages in Muzzafarnagar and Shamli districts saw violence and arson.

First Published: Sep 09, 2013 10:55 IST