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Yogi govt. mulling over withdrawal of cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots

Yogi govt. mulling over withdrawal of cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference in Lucknow on Aug 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Lucknow: Yogi Government is said to be mulling over the withdrawal of cases related to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar. Surprisingly the move to save the accused from being trialled is being taken by none other than Law Department. Special Secretary of the department wrote a letter to district magistrate of Muzaffarnagar and asked if the cases can be withdrawn in public interest. The state government, through the Law Department, had sought details on 13 points in the case, that was registered on August 31, 2013.

It must be noted that 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots are considered one of the most destructive riots. The clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India in August–September 2013, resulted in at least 62 deaths including 42 Muslims and 20 Hindus and injured 93 and left more than 50,000 displaced.

The officer also confirmed that the state government had sought opinion on eight other criminal cases, lodged against BJP Budhana MLA Umesh Malik in Muzaffarnagar. Malik also said that the others named in the cases against him include BJP Bijnor MP Bhartendra Singh, former Union minister and local BJP MP Sanjeev Baliyan, and Sadhvi Prachi.