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Curfew on, Muzaffarnagar violence toll climbs to 31

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Muzaffarnagar/Lucknow: Violence continued in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh with two more deaths reported on Monday, even as the death toll in the violence went up to 31 and 48 injured.

UP government has sought 50 companies of Central forces more from the Centre of which 28 have already been despatched.

There are already 50 companies of Central forces along with Army and large number of state polce in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining district.

State Home Secretary Kamal Saxena and Inspector General Of Police (Crime and STF) told mediapersons in Lucknow that the situation was tense but under control.

They said two people died on Monday in violence, one each in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.

The officials said that relaxation in the curfew in three police stations in Muzaffarnagar would be reviewed after 48 hours.

Saxena said the state government has set up a one member judicial committee headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Vishnu Sahai to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence.

The judical committee will investigate all the incidents between August 27 to September 9 and give its report and recommendation to the government within two months time.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Arun Kumar, who is camping in Muzaffarnagar, said that the death toll in Muzaffarpur violence has risen to 31 and 90 people were arrested for inciting violence in the area so far.

He said Army and Central forces continue to hold flag marches and patrolling in sensitive areas.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav made a fresh appeal on Monday to the people to restore calm in the area.

He said no leniency would be made towards those disturbing peace while district officials have been given free hand as per requirement to deal with the situation.

The Chief Minister also appealed to political leaders to restrain themselves from going to Muzaffarnagar or participating in any meeting which could disturb the peace in the area.

Muzaffarnagar district authorities have registered FIRs against 40 identified and around 1,000 unidentified people at Sikera police station last night for holding the maha-panchayat on Saturday last, after which the violence ensued.

The named accused in the FIR include BJP legislators, Hukum Singh, Sangeet Singh Som, Suresh Rana and Kunwar Bharatendu along with Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait.

Several other people including the organisors of the maha psnchayat were also made accused in the FIR.

All the named accused are likely to be arrested under Section 153 of the IPC for violation of Section 144 of the CrPC as the search by police was on.

Government was also likely to lodge case under NSA against the accused.

Meanwhile, Muzaffarnagar district authorities on Monday suspended the SHO of Phugana police station Omveer Sirohi for dereliction of duty. Anil Tyagi has been appointed as the new SHO of Phugana police station.

On the other hand, the authorities have also suspended all 1744 firearms licence of nine villages of three police stations of Shahpur, Phugana and Bhorakala. (UNI)

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