3 october 2013
National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) conducted a fact finding inquiry on 27 & 28 Sep 2013 on Muzaffar Nagar riots.The team consists of Reny Ayline (Secretary, NCHRO), Adv Y.K. Shabana (CPDR, Mumbai), Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff – Tamilnadu, Adv. Vijrndra Kumar Kasana, Delhi.
The team visited three relief camps situated at Loi, Jogia Geda and Kandhla and have enquired number of victims.We also visited the Meerut Medical College Hospital and met victims under treatment.Then we had an elaborate discussion with Dr. Subash Singh, Superintendent of the Hospital; Mr. Koshal Raj Sharma, District Magistrate of Muzaffar Nagar and Mrs. Kalpana Suxena, Senior Superintendent of Police (in-charge), Muzaffar Nagar.
Observations and Findings
1. This is the planned attack by the Jaat community on Muslims and they are using local bodies to spread violence.
2. The police was openly supporting the communal forces. The SSP (in-charge) admitted the failure of intelligence agencies to smell or stop the violence. She disclosed that immediately after the violence broke out, it would have been controlled if adequate police force was provided. But unfortunately, we didn’t have then.
3. All the reports of DM are only mechanical and figure oriented and the Magisterial power was used to communal violence. No such efforts were taken by the district administration to retrieve peace of mind and confidence among the victims.
4. While we were visiting hospital, we could see only one Jaat patient affected in riots among seven Muslim patients admitted with severe injuries.
5. We were told by the local people that Muzaffar Nagar was thickly populated by Muslims as more than 50%. There have been were posted 66 SPs and SSPs as the district police chief in Muzaffarnagar since independence. But we could see only one Muslim SP (Manjoor Ahmed) posted as SP, that was also in early 70s.
3. Immediate registration of proper and clear FIRs of riot affected victims should be done.
4. Spreading of false and fake photos and video clippings through mobile phones to incite
violence should be properly investigated and the culprits should be punished.
5. The rape victims should be given care, counselling and medical treatment in a serious
6. All the police officers, who acted in a prejudiced manner should be probed and punished.
7. The culprits involved in the Mahapanchayat should be punished without any prejudice and
action should be taken on the political leaders, who were behind the violence.
8. Adequate number of doctors and women constables should be provided to the relief camps.
9. Enactment of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill is the need of the hour.
10. Seize all weapons and cancel the arms licence of all.
Secretary – NCHRO
Note: Detailed report will be published soon
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