Posted On Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:20:52 AM
|(Left) Protestors greeted Akhilesh Yadav with placards when he visited
families who lost members during last week’s riots
Lucknow/Muzaffarnagar - The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday suspended and ordered departmental action against the then senior superintendent of police (SSP), Muzaffarnagar, Subhash Chandra Dubey for allegedly failing to control communal riots in the district.
The state home department issued a release, confirming that the state had also ordered a departmental inquiry against Dubey. Dubey was transferred on September 9 and posted to the DGP office. The state then appointed Praveen Kumar as SSP in place of Dubey.
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited the riot-hit district where he was greeted with black flags and slogan shouting from villagers. Yadav first visited Kawal village, where three people were killed on August 27. Following the incident, communal tension had been running high in the district. Waving black flags, the villagers shouted slogans against the ‘failure’ of the administration in controlling the violence that has claimed 47 lives.
The villagers also alleged that Akhilesh did not receive a memorandum from them and only met ‘outsiders’. “We have appealed for peace and my government will take strict action to deal with those creating trouble,” Akhilesh told reporters, adding that the government will book the rioters under the National Security Act.
Later, Akhilesh left for Malikpura and Kandhla to meet family members of the victims. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s visit comes a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to the district for an on-thespot assessment in the riot-hit area and commencement of the monsoon session of the state assembly.
Dr Singh is expected to discuss the situation with Akhilesh. The UP government has been facing flak over the communal violence in Muzzafarnagar with opposition parties accusing it of trying to polarise voters.
Book violence inciters: CPI-M
The CPI-M on Sunday demanded the immediate arrests of all those charged with inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar. It also sought proper relief measures from the state government for those affected by the violence, besides compensation to those killed and injured ‘promptly and without any discrimination’.
The party urged the administration to restore peace so that the thousands who fled their homes, following the three days of violence start leaving the makeshift refugee camps. In its statement, the party top brass said sexual harassment of young school and college going girls — widely seen as a trigger for the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar— was seen as a major problem and that the guilty belonged to both communities.
“Unfortunately, this problem is being exploited by the Hindutva forces, who have accused the minority community as being responsible for this crime and alleging that girls, belonging to the majority community, are the victims.
Not only is it untrue, but it also reveals the fact that for them (the Hindutva), it is not the issue or the exploitation of women that is the issue to be resolved, but it is an inflammatory issue when it is utilised for communal polarisation,” the party said.