Thousands of villagers in Muzaffarnagar fled their homes and took shelter in refugee camps as the communal violence singed the northern state claiming 31 lives so far with one death reported even on Monday despite army columns' presence and deployment of additional paramilitary forces and imposition of curfews.
TV footages showed houses after houses set on fire and deserted villages emptied by the people fearing reprisal from the members of the rival community.
While leaders of various political parties - BJP, Congress and BSP- were arrested, many politicians were prevented from visiting the riot hit areas by the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh.
The clashes between the Hindu Jats and the Muslims that began over the harassment of a girl by a youth of another community and followed by two lynchings spiralled over the weeks and showed no sign of abating.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also spoke to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and discussed steps being taken to restore peace in the areas.
The PM assured him that the Centre will extend all required assistance to the state government in tackling the situation.
Faced with severe criticism for failing to stop the riots, Akhilesh Yadav claimed that maximum personnel have been deployed in the affected areas and strong action has been ordered against anyone indulging in the rioting.
More than 800 Army soldiers were deployed in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday.
A state of high alert has been declared for the entire state of Uttar Pradesh with soldiers resorting to door-to-door searches in the district of Muzaffarnagar.
The clashes between two communities also claimed the life of a freelance TV journalist on Saturday. Another photographer was beaten to death in a separate incident.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-09-2013)