Shameful: Yogi Govt Recommends Withdrawal of 38 Cases Against Muzaffarnagar Riot Accused
The cases were registered against the accused under different sections of IPC.
The Yogi Adityanath government has recommended withdrawal of 38 cases against the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot accused.
According to a Times Now report, the Uttar Pradesh government sent a note to the Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate on January 29 after giving the sanction for withdrawal of the cases on January 10. “As many as 38 cases should be withdrawn against those individuals who were charged during the Muzaffarnagar riots that took place in 2013,” the government mentioned in the official note.
Defending its move, the Yogi government underlined that many individuals who were falsely booked could not even afford a lawyer to fight their cases. The cases against the accused were booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for dacoity, use of fire and explosive substances and defiling places of worship and outraging religious sentiments.
According to an Indian Express report, last month the Uttar Pradesh government had directed the Muzaffarnagar district administration to file withdrawal applications for 18 cases related to the riots in court.
Around 60 people were killed and 40,000 were rendered homeless in the Hindu-Muslim clashes which erupted on September 7, 2013, in Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring areas ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.