According to top sources, Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to withdraw 18 cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots and subsequently asked the district authorities to approach the court. UP government’s Special Secretary of Law JJ Singh has directed Muzaffarnagar district magistrate Rajeev Sharma to withdraw the cases, sources said.
The sources said the district authorities have started preparing to approach the court for permission to withdraw the cases. The cases were filed under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code including 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 397 (attempt to cause death).
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The instruction came after the state government sought details of 125 cases filed in relation to the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. Speaking to told PTI, additional district magistrate Amit Kumar told that the state government had sought the details to review the possibility of withdrawing the 125 cases pending in courts.
Several leaders of the ruling BJP, including MPs Sanjeev Balyan and Bharatendra Singh, MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik, have been named in these 125 cases. Minister in the state government Suresh Rana and Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi are also accused in cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots.
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However, the cases asked to withdraw do not include the names of these BJP leaders.Around 60 people were killed and over 40,000 displaced in the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in the months of August and September in 2013.
SIT, which was probing the riot cases, has filed charge-sheets in 175 cases. UP Police too had registered cases against 6,869 people and arrested 1,480 people in connection with the riots.