Police chief admits lapses
Eight people have been arrested and cases registered against 15 people in connection with last night’s violence in Budhana area of Muzaffarnagar in which three men were killed. A woman was also killed and her husband injured when some unidentified people attacked them in Thugana area but police said it was not known if there was a communal angle to it. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who came under all round attack on his government’s handling of the previous bout of communal violence here in September that killed 62 people, said those responsible will be brought to justice and that law will take its own course. ‘No one is above law,’ he told reporters in Kannauj. UP director general of police(DGP) Devraj Nagar has rushed to Muzaffarnagar and is camping there to avert a repeat of escalation in communal violence. The situation is reported to be tense but under control. ‘The kind of incident which happened on Wednesday can definitely be attributed to lapses on part of the police due to which some people dared to do this (violence). We will take strong action,’ he told reporters.