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Muzaffarnagar riots not parallel to Gujarat riots: UP govt tells SC

A social activist Nutan Thakur had sought CBI enquiry into riots in Muzaffarnagar and other places in the state under the Samajwadi Party government.

The affidavit filed by Kamal Saxena, home secretary, while defending the government action, has also denied that the state officials have acted in favour of any community. The state government has also denied that the Muzaffarnagar riots are related with the killing of three youths on 27 August, 2013, in Kawal town of the district. What is noteworthy is that the affidavit also denies the facts on record that after the cremation ceremony took place in the above murders, arson and stone pelting took place, a huge crowd gathered after Friday prayers in Shaheed Chowk on 30 August and the Jat community organized a panchayat on 31 August.

Significantly, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has said number of times that the riots were provoked by the fake video clip allegedly circulated through social media, CDs and MMS by BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som. The video clip was of a mob lynching three people at Sialkot in Pakistan in 2010. However, the clip was morphed and shown to people claiming that it was of Kawal killings.

Regarding Thakur's contention that there have been a spate of sectarian and communal violence since March 2012, the affidavit says that, 'The state of Uttar Pradesh, being one of the largest stares of the country, has witnessed several events related to law and order issues,' and they are 'inevitably and promptly dealt with', though no details have been provided with regard to the action taken in various riotous events presented by her including Mathura, Pratapgarh, Bareilly, Faizabad, etc.
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