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Muzaffarnagar Riot: Powerful accused let off, charges of rape ignored, SC told
Saturday October 19, 2013 8:59 AM, Staff Reporter

A petition filed in the Supreme Court by a local NGO and Muzaffarnagar riot victims on Thursday while alleging that powerful accused are being dropped as accused and serious offences of rape and gender violence have not been recorded, demanded CBI probe and appointment of a High Power Committee of Court Commissioners to look into the entire incident.

The Supreme Court consequently issued notice to the state government asking it to file a reply on the allegations as levelled by the petitioners.

The petition filed by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) with co-petitioners Shahid Hassan and Samaydeen - two riot victims also demanded appointment of a High Powered Committee of Court Commissioners to survey the four worst affected districts (Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar), assess details of the dead and missing as also the scale of damages and monitor the transparency and quality of the probe/investigation.

The petition also prayed for investigations into the overall criminal conspiracy, behind which majoritarian outfits are involved, which is related to communalizing the atmosphere prior to the elections using the services of supremacist outfits especially the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

"Individual incidents of conflict have been converted into mass mobilization by these outfits with hateful anti-minority propaganda being a ready tool", the petitioners said.

The petitioners also requested the court to issue directions to the state to register First Information Reports (FIRs) against the named powerful accused persons in respect of arson, theft, attempt to murder, murder and rape and molestation.

"A High Power Committee of Court Commissioners comprising of the persons/officers, should be constituted to visit the affected areas, rural as well as urban, where people suffered murder, loot, arson, rape and other criminal acts, but have not been able to lodge FIRs for the offence committed against them due to fear, threat and intimidation", the petitioners said.

The petitioners also demanded the High Powered Committee to make sure a thorough investigation into all the FIRs which have already been lodged from 27.8.2013 to date relating to illegal meetings and unlawful assemblies, targeted loot, arson, circulation of fake photographs and videos, inciting communal passions by holding unlawful meetings and Panchayats by fixing the responsibility for the aforesaid offences.

The petitioners also demanded identification of the officers, individuals, representatives, political leaders, organizations and other persons who instigated the general public by convening a Panchayat in village Nagla Mataund at Muzaffarnagar on 7.9.2013 where the people were allowed to assemble not only from adjoining districts but also from outside the state armed with dangerous weapons.

The petitioners also asked the Supreme Court to direct the state government to release effective compensation to all survivors of the dead and injured and those who have suffered heavy losses.

The petition lists in detail the chronology of events leading up to the ghastly killings at Muzaffarnagar that have rendered 41,000 homeless and questions the state police and administration allowing armed Khap panchayatas, Mahapanchayats when a communal atmosphere was building up in the four districts of Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Meerut.

A list of 161 worst affected villages from where minorities have had to flee has also been annexed to the petition.

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