New Delhi, March 22: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has begun the process of withdrawal of 131 cases related to the 2013 communal violence that erupted in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, claiming lives of several people.
Among the 131 cases lodged, thirteen are murder and eleven are an attempt to murder cases.
The documents examined by The Indian Express revealed these cases include charges under IPC sections related to “heinous” crimes with a minimum punishment of seven years in jail. Apart from this, there are 16 cases under section 153 A on charges of promoting enmity on religious grounds, and two under section 295 A for deliberate and malicious acts intended to insult a religion or religious beliefs.
At least 62 persons lost their lives and several were displaced from their homes in the communal clash.
The then ruling Samajwadi Party had registered 503 cases involving 1,400 people.
On February 5, the Khap leaders from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, including BJP MP Sanjiv Balyan and the party’s Budhana MLA Umesh Malik, met the chief minister with a list of 179 cases, as reported by Indian Express. After the meeting, the decision to commence withdrawal process was taken.
Talking to the Indian Express, Balyan stated that in the list presented to the Chief Minister, all the accused were Hindus.
Last month, the law department of Uttar Pradesh asked the district magistrates Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, for the report of all the mentioned cases in the list and their current status.
The DMs were also directed to clarify several points in the status report, and one of them was their opinion on the withdrawal of cases.
The letter has been forwarded by district magistrates to the SP and the prosecuting officer for the required details.
Following this, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal targetted Yogi government saying State to protect murderers not victims of violence. That is the message in Yogi’s decision to withdraw 131 riot cases.
He questioned that “is it Wither rule of law?”