SIT prepares chargesheet against 225 for Muzaffarnagar violence

 The Uttar Pradesh government constituted Special Investigation Team has chargesheeted at least 225 people so far in connection with the September riots in Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring areas, police said on Wednesday.

The SIT has chargesheeted 225 people in 28 riot cases so far while 28 complainants in other cases could not be traced, said Manoj Jha, Additional SP, SIT.

Final report in nine cases has been submitted before a local court due to lack of evidence, he added. The SIT has sent a list of 522 accused in different riot cases and asked the local police to arrest them. Arrest warrants against 89 accused in 48 murder cases have been issued by the court while proceedings against three accused have been initiated, Jha said.

Meanwhile, SIT sources said not even one out of the 27 accused in six rape cases have been arrested so far.

The investigating team, however, has recorded statements of all the six victims, they said. Sources also said no accused has been identified yet in the killing of journalist Rajesh Verma, who was shot dead while covering the riots.

SIT is investigating a total of 571 cases in which 6,386 people were named, including 538 cases of Muzaffarnagar, 27 of Shamli, two of Baghpat, one of Meerut and Saharanpur each.

Cong to launch protest

The Congress in UP will protest in Meerut and Lucknow over lack of basic facilities in camps for Muzaffarnagar riot victims, and over problems of sugarcane farmers later this month, reports PTI from Lucknow.

“The party will stage a protest in Meerut on January 21 and take out a march in Lucknow on January 30,” AICC general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in the state, Madhusudan Mistry said. Mistry met leaders of the district and city units here.

He slammed the ruling Samajwadi Party and its president Mulayam Singh Yadav for the disorder in the camps and accused the state government of not “spending funds even though it had enough for the purpose”.

“I have personally seen the disorder in the relief camps. There are no proper tents, neither is there any arrangement of potable water nor toilets for women,” he said, adding that farm labourers in Gujarat live in better conditions.

The party will start preparing its manifesto soon, which will include issues relating to Dalits, backward classes and minorities, he said.

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