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Muzaffarnagar riots: BSP slams SP; Khap head among 85 booked

Agitated over arrest of its MLA for his alleged role in Muzaffarnagar riots, BSP on Sunday lashed out at the ruling SP, accusing it of adopting a ‘pick and choose’ approach by targeting political rivals and protecting its own leaders.

In a related development, a case was registered in Muzaffarnagar against 85 persons, including a Khap council head, for their alleged involvement in the violence.

‘To hide its mistakes and failures, SP government is hell-bent on taking one-sided legal action by following a pick and choose policy,’ BSP legislature party leader Swami Prasad Maurya told reporters in Lucknow.

He accused the ruling party of acting with ‘political vendetta’ after BSP MLA from Charthawal, Noor Saleem, was arrested on Saturday from Muzaffarnagar for allegedly inciting violence.

Besides Saleem, two BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana have been arrested and sent to jail.

Referring to the 30 August meeting in Muzaffarnagar, the BSP leader said people cutting across community and party lines had participated in it.

‘Other than BSP leaders, the meeting was also attended by Congress and SP men...then why action was not taken against them,’ Maurya asked.
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