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MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS: JUSTICE SAHAI REPORT TABLED IN UP ASSEMBLY, CITES FAILURE OF LOCAL INTELLIGENCE

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The Uttar Pradesh government tabled the report of the Justice Vishnu Sahai inquiry commission on the Muzaffarnagar riots in the Assembly today.

The Justice Sahai report says that many incidents in August 2013 created a communally tense atmosphere. It added that the transfer of district magistrate and superintendent of police (SSP) Muzaffanagar also had an impact. The report further said that there was a failure of local intelligence.

The Justice Sahai report has given a clean chit to the Uttar Pradesh government and the police in the 2013 riots, in which more than 60 people were killed and over 40,000 displaced. But blamed local officials for mishandling the riots.

 The Justice Sahai commission was formed to look into administrative lapses in controlling the violence and role played by media as well as politicians in flaring up the riots.

The state government had constituted the commission headed by the retired judge of Allahabad High Court on September 9, 2013, days after riots had taken place in Muzaffarnagar.

While the commission was initially asked to submit its report in two months, it was later given several extensions. It had sought the last extension till October 8.

The state government had also formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) on September 24, 2013. In the past two years, a total of 567 cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots had been lodged. The SIT has already submitted its investigation report in all the cases barring nine that are still pending.

 

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