Black flags shown to CM during visit to riot-hit Muzaffarnagar

Black flags and slogan shouting by angry villagers today greeted Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav during his visit to the district rocked by communal violence that claimed 47 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.

Facing flak from opposition parties and minority leaders over violence in Muzaffarnagar, Akhilesh first visited Kawal village where 3 persons were killed on August 27 over an eve-teasing incident, sparking off tension in the district.

Waving black flags, the villagers shouted slogans accusing the state government of not taking effective steps to stop the communal flare-up. The villagers also alleged that the chief minister did not receive a memorandum from them and only met “outsiders”.

Akhilesh told reporters, “The incident is saddening...Not only for those who lost their young sons but for us also. We have already appealed for peace to everyone and my government will take strict action to deal with those creating trouble. We will take strict action and NSA will also be invoked against the guilty.”

The chief minister, who later left for riot-hit Malikpura and Kandhla villages, accused opposition parties of vitiating the atmosphere.

“It is an unfortunate incident...Some political parties are responsible for the flare-up. They spread canard...This is an act of treason. Due to politics, the situation got vitiated,” he said.

“People used to attend marriage ceremonies at each other’s place...A schism has been created between the communities. Elderly persons in villages should take initiative to ensure brotherhood,” he said.

He alleged that some people uploaded fake and inflammatory clippings
on social media to stir up trouble.

Asked about recovery of AK-47 cartridges in Baghpat, he said it was a serious matter and administration need to remain more alert and initiate strict action against such persons.

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