Uttar Pradesh government cancels Advani's rally
In the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday denied permission to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold a rally near Agra on Sunday.
The rally was to be addressed by BJP patrirch LK Advani and general secretary Varun Gandhi.
"The site of the rally is not safe as it is dominated by communities involved in the Muzaffarnagar riots. Hence permission was denied for security resons," Agra District Magistrate Zuher Bin Sagar told media.
Meanwhile, curfew was lifted for the day on Friday frrom violence-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh where 48 people were killed in communal clashes, said police.
Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) P Arun Kumar said the curfew was lifted after no incident of violence was reported from the region in the last three days.
"Situation is normal and under control," said Kumar.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has blamed BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for Muzaffarnagar riots and said there was no delayed reaction.
After being criticised for his alleged mishandling of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, the UP CM in an interview to NDTV channel said, "Both BJP and BSP are responsible for tension."
"There are some parties in UP who attempts to give a communal colour to every incident," he said.
He said the incidents were not that huge but the political parties gave communal colour to them.
Condemning the Muzaffarnagar incident, he said, "I am working on tough steps to ensure such incident don't repeat."
"Action will be taken against those responsible for disturbing peace," Yadav said.
He said there was no delay in action as Army was called and central forces as well as police were rushed to the area.
"Attempt was made to save people and help those who were trapped. I reiterate, there had been a huge loss for people in Muzaffarnagarand it will take time to help. Government will help and take action against people who were involved," Yadav said.
He ensured that an enquiry will be conducted and action will be taken against errant officials.
Speaking about the riots, he told the channel, "The Shamli incident involving a girl from Rourkee was given communal colour. It started with this incident. Claims were made that the girl was molested. Some people were sent to jail."
He accused the BJP for cashing in on the incident.
"BJP took up the arrest and campaigned with it," he said.
He said in Muzaffarnagar too, the incident was given communal colour.
The clashes between the Hindu Jats and the Muslims that began over the harassment of a girl by a youth of another community followed by two lynchings, spiralled over the weeks and showed no sign of abating.
Violence erupted in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on last Saturday when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, clashed with members of another community.
(Posted on 13-09-2013)