Muzaffarnagar: According to media reports the Muzaffarnagar riots were indeed politically instigated.
According video footage aired by the TV news channel Headlines Today, showed politicians, belonging to both the communities, inciting violence with their hate speeches and inflammatory statements, showed the truth behind the larger conspiracy in the wake of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav blaming the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar on a political conspiracy to defame his government and polarize the state’s polity. Muzaffarnagar, called the wild side of Uttar Pradesh, sees the maximum number of gun licences being given.
While one video shows the assembly of people for two subsequent mahapanchayats in Muzaffarnagar with people from key parties involved, the other video shows a religious gathering following special Friday prayers and politicians from the community delivering hate speeches and unbridled rhetoric that caused bloodshed.
Sadhvi Prachi of the BJP, BSP MP Qadir Rana, Congress leader Saeed-uz-Zaman, Samajwadi Party’s Rashid Siddiqui, and another BSP leader Noor Salim Rana were all present at the religious gathering inflaming strong feelings of hatred and anger and arousing animosity among the communities. The political masters invited trouble by all being equally culpable in playing the game of power. Leaders were involved in politics of religion and of vote, stirring the same political cauldron, and putting to risk the lives of the people.
The religious ceremony was followed by the Jat community’s khap mahapanchayat that took place despite prohibitory orders in place. The mahapanchayat that was organized with the help of the local people witnessed some heavily armed people. The members were shown brandishing swords and paving way for violence that led to bloodshed. The netas played their part in the most shameful and distasteful manner leading the loss of 38 lives.
Strangely, most of these politicians have not been booked on grounds of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion despite their loathsome and abhorrent speeches, virtually turning Western Uttar Pradesh into a warzone.
The larger question that still looms aftermath the Muzaffarnagar violence is that why these congregations were allowed by the district administration despite prohibitory orders under Section 144 of IPC and why the leaders were allowed by the police to incite violence.
Will the netas be ever held responsible for the violence that claimed 38 lives and injured more than a dozen?
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