Muzaffarnagar Curfew in force, Jayant Chaudhary detained
Muzaffarnagar: With the situation remaining tense in violence hit Muzaffarnagar, the Uttar Pradesh government has made the troubled town out of bounds for politicians of all hues. While RLD Chief Ajit Singh was stopped at Ghaziabad, his son and MP, Jayant Chaudhary, was detained while he was on his way to Muzaffarnagar.
Another RLD leader Munna Singh Chauhan was detained with Chaudhary. A delegation of state Congress leaders was also prevented from entering the area. BJP’s fact finding team led by senior leader Ravishankar Prasad, on its way the district, may also be stopped by police officials.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the deadly clashes has risen to 28. With fears mounting on further trouble, scores of people have left their homes and moved to safer locations.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called for restraint from political parties even as four BJP MLAs, one former Congress MP and 40 others were booked for allegedly inciting communal violence.
Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi has sent a report to the Union Home Ministry in which he has reportedly slammed the state government for its inability to contain the violence. Joshi has also called for more forces in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas. Curfew has been imposed in three police station areas – Civil Lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi- with schools and colleges shut for the next three days in the entire city. The Army is carrying out flag marches in the entire region.
13.20 pm Law and order has deteriorated in Uttar Pradesh after SP government came to power, says Mayawati. The state government is to be blamed for the situation in Muzaffarnagar, she added.
13.05 pm RLD chief Ajit Singh stopped at Ghaziabad border
12.35 pm RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary detained while going to Muzaffarnagar
12.01 pm Narendra Modi not yet declared as PM & such incidents (Muzaffarnagar) happening, people fear whether BJP is trying to turn UP into Gujarat, says Congress’ Rashid Alvi
11.25 am RLD chief Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Choudhury put the onus on the state government to maintain law and order in state and blamed its negligence for Muzaffarnagar violence
11.20 am Politics of secularism shouldn’t be done, action must be taken against those responsible, says Mukhtar Ababs Naqvi of BJP
11.15 am Bahujan Samaj Party leader Sudhindra Bhadoria has demanded that UP government must be dismissed immediately and President’s Rule be imposed in the state
11.05 am Death toll has risen to 28: Arun Kumar, ADG law & order UP on Muzaffarnagar violence
10.57 am A total of 90 people arrested; gun licenses in 3 police stations cancelled, says police
10.50 am Situation under control, no news of fresh violence, curfew will continue for next 48 hours, says Kaushal Raj Sharma, DM Muzaffarnagar
1.55 am BJP MLA Hukum Singh, who has been named in the FIR, denies making provocative speech. He has in turn blamed the Samajwadi Party government for failing to control the law and order situation
10.30 am No leniency towards those who disturb pace, said Akhilesh Yadav. Speaking to a news channel, asked all political parties to exercise restraint
10.20 am Will make committees in villages from where villagers have fled faring violence and bring them to their homes, says Ajit Singh
9.40 am State government transfers Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range) Brijbhushan and Saharanpur DIG DC Mishra. While Bhavesh Kumar Singh will take ovwer as Meerut IG, Ashok Mutha will be the new DIG of Saharanpur
9.35 am FIR has been filed against the following: Sangeet Som, Hukum Singh, Bhartendu, Suresh Rana (BJP) and Harendra Malik (Congress)
9.30 am Four BJP MLAs and a former Congress MLA are among the 40 people who have been booked for rioting by the UP police
9.20 am RLD leader Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary are also on their way to Muzaffarnagar
9.15 am Despite prohibitory orders, a three-member fact finding team headed by Ravishankar Prasad is on its way to the troubled town
9.05 As a precautionary measure an alert has been sounded in adjoining cities like Meerut and Moradabad
9.00 am Shoot-at-sight orders are in place in the curfew hit areas. All entry points to Muzaffarnagar including UP-Uttarakhand borders have been sealed and all outlying villages are being patrolled to maintain calm
Reports said in Delhi the Centre has asked the state government to take necessary steps to ensure that communal tension does not spread to other parts of the state.