FIR lodged against 3,000 people for communal tension in village

An FIR was on Wednesday registered by police against over 3,000 persons, 26 of whom have been arrested, following communal tension in Mohraba village near here during a religious procession, police said.

“An FIR has been registered against 3,042 people, including 3,000 unidentified persons, in connection with the communal tension yesterday. Of them, 26 have been arrested,” a senior police officer said.

District Magistrate Kinjal Singh said Rs 50,000 each would be given to four seriously injured villagers, while other injured would be given Rs 20,000 each.

The tension started in the village in Nanpara area during a procession of Julus-e-Mohammadi over playing of music, following which some persons from a community damaged a place of worship, police said.

Violence erupted as members of the other community objected to the incident.A number of villagers and a policeman were injured in the brick-batting, while three houses and two four-wheelers were damaged, police sources said.

Heavy force has been deployed in the area where tension is prevailing, they said.

Medical camps 

The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a medical drive for Muzaffarnagar riot victims, with checkups of pregnant women and children given priority.

Medical examination of around 168 pregnant women and 4,000 children has been carried out till now, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

A team of doctors under the supervision of Chief Medical Officer S K Tyagi visited 17 villages, he said.

Medicines were given to 168 pregnant women and 886 children, he said.

The district authorities asked the riot victims to leave the camps to prevent untoward incident due to the cold wave sweeping the region.

Several persons died in the district between September 7 and December 20 last year as the winter chill was increasing. Over 10 children died in the camps, while more than 20 died in hospitals or nursing homes where they were taken for medical treatment.

The riots in Muzaffarnagar last year had claimed over 60 lives and left thousands homeless.

NHRC begins 3-day camp 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began its three-day camp sitting in the state capital on Wednesday, reports DHNS from Lucknow. 

NHRC chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan said the Commission has been continuously endeavouring to promote culture of human rights in the country. 

“Despite the laws in place and the best efforts of the Commission, the situation of human rights does not present a colourful picture in the country and a lot needs to be done,” he said. 

He said that the Camp Sittings were an important event of the Commission and it has been visiting various states in this connection. 

It was also monitoring issues relating to socio-political, cultural and economic rights as well as implementation of various welfare-oriented flagship programmes. 

“Such visits help the Commission in disposal of some long pending cases of human rights violation and sensitisation of the officers,” he added.

He said the Commission’s teams had visited violence-hit Muzaffarnagar thrice and their findings, observations and recommendations will be shared with senior officers at a meeting with them on Friday. 

Discussions with the NGOs will also be held to know issues and problems relating to human rights in the State. 

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