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Journalist, photographer among 9 killed in UP violence
Muzaffarnagar clashes: 21 killed, over 800 Army troops deployed
Army summoned to quell communal violence in UP
(Reuters) - The army was called in, an unusual measure, to contain communal violence pitting Hindus against Muslims that killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh.
An army contingent of up to 800 was dispatched to the area on Saturday night, as armed gangs of Jats, a group practising Hinduism, stormed a mosque and a village with Muslim residents, the state's principal home secretary R.M. Srivastava said.
"We had sought assistance of the army last night after we found the violence spreading across to other villages," Srivastava told Reuters.
"In fact, we were able to bring things under control until fresh violence broke out in (a) village Sunday morning."
The violence erupted on Saturday following a meeting attended by Jats in Muzaffarnagar district, 140 km (90 miles) northeast of New Delhi. Police said 10 people died, including a journalist and photographer, and about 35 were injured.
Five more were killed in a fresh outbreak on Sunday morning.
A curfew was imposed in three districts,
"I would appeal to all the people there to maintain peace and do not trust or listen to any rumours," Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh's chief minister, told reporters.
The Jats are demanding the rescinding of charges against members of their community in connection with a communal clash last month in which three people were killed.
Arun Kumar, a senior police official, said tensions were fuelled by an online video purporting to show the killing of two Muslim youths last month.
Local media said about 50 outbreaks of communal tension have occurred in populous Uttar Pradesh since the region's Samajwadi (Socialist) Party came to power last year. More than 25 people have died.
On twitter, #MuzaffarnagarRiots are trending. But with all usual "news" and "rumours". So TIFWiW.
The same person has been tweeting extensively on the riots from "his pov".
Not a single person from DFI sickular crowd?
Its a war out there since Aug 27nth.,....
From Daily Bhaskar
Here are the 10 reasons that led to the communal unrest:
1. The clash occurred over the alleged incident of eve teasing. The situation started deteriorating since August 27, when two youths of the Jat community were beaten to death in Kawaal village, under Jaansath tehsil of Muzaffarnagar. One youth from the minority community was also killed in the clash.
2. In order to protest the incident, the Jat community organized a 'panchayat' at Jaansath town on August 31. The panchayat demanded action against the culprits responsible for the murder of the two Jat youths. The panchayat also demanded the removal of the Superintendent of Police of Shamli district for his allegedly partisan conduct.
3. The Khap panchayat then announced to organize a 'Bahu Beti Samaan Bachaoi Mahapanchyat' on September 7, at Nagla Mandaur, if their demands were not met. The panchayat was organized by the Jat community at Nagla Mandaur, 20 km from Muzaffarnagar city, where over 1.5 lakh people from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi participated.
4. The participants in the panchayat raised "highly provocative slogans".
5. Those going to participate in the 'mahapanchyat' were attacked and fired upon at Basee village on Saturday.
6. The district administration allegedly failed to take measures to prevent the people from Haryana and Delhi from reaching the venue of the 'mahapanchayat'.
7. On September 5, the BJP had also given a call for Muzaffarnagar bandh.
8. The situation worsened on Saturday following incidents of firing, stone pelting and violence in which IBN7 journalist Rajesh Verma and a part-time photographer of the state police, Israr, were killed.
9. One of the inception points for the violence is a video posted online that wrongly claims to show two men being lynched by a mob in the state. At a press conference on Sunday, Home Secretary Kamal Saxena said that the "fake video", posted on YouTube and other social networks, was at least two years old and appears not to have been filmed in Uttar Pradesh.
10. The video claims to capture the killing in a village named Kawal on August 27.
Apparantly secular people weren't allowed in dfi since it was down.
Shoot on sight orders have been levied, suffice it to say this should be fully utilised to mow down gangs of thugs walking the streets. And killing the ring leaders aswell. But there's are political motivations also.
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Clashes have spread to the rural areas. It would take a long time to cool down now.
The political scene in India is a real balls-up, to use an English phrase.
same will happen in khurja district of U.P too.
my brother visited his hometown in khurja and he said things are pretty bad b/w muslims and hindus and riots could occur anytime.
There has to be some reason for the communal conflagration.
Why is the atmosphere so charged in UP where minor issues can spin out into a riot?
Usually how this goes about is, in the beginning events happen where it flares up the passions among both sides but nothing happens . Nothing happens as in there maybe small rioting bu not much or it will be quelled soon by authorities or something like that. But both sides would not forget these things, both would be waiting for "next" occasion. These would have happened few times, so the next time this happens all the pent up anger would come out in force even if the provocation maybe next to nothing. So the next times anything happens even if a very very minor incident, both sides go with full force. Also to know is, this happens locally as the issues are also local. It won't be like entire state erupts in clashes.
So even in this case it would be something like this, various events would have occurred maybe over a period of time, pent up anger which had been kept down for some time has burst this time. So if multiple clashes are happening, it should still be looked at a "local" level. For eg, clashes in muzaffarnagar should not be linked to some clashes elsewhere in UP. Usually clashes will always have a "local" factor to it.
As per rediff
Hopefully govt comes down on both sides who are rioting, and not just one side.
I think repeated sectarian incidents are a result of the administration's failure to check organised gangs over a period of time. I do not believe it is the average man on the street who is involved in these deadly incidents but organised gangs that enjoy political patronage and are engaged by the rival ill-motivated individuals to foment trouble. These gangs enjoy political patronage because they come in handy when the political bosses want to harass rival leaders.
The huge number of incidents of extortion and kidnapping in Western UP and Delhi are an indication how active these gangs are. If these gangs are allowed act without hindrance, they will do whatever to raise money, including indulging in sectarian violence.
Ajit Singhs RLD is finished
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