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Victims demand arrest in Muzaffarnagar riots

PTI November 16, 2014 17:27 IST

Muzaffarnagar: The riot victims gheraoed the Shahpur police station and submitted a memorandum to state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding the arrest of the absconding accused in connection with communal killings at Kutba village here, the police said.

The victims yesterday have staged demonstration and also threatened to go on a hunger strike from December 1, if their demands are not fulfilled by the state government, police said.

Protesting under the banner of Riot Action Committee, the rehabilitated victims along with the members of Bhartiya Kisan Masdoor Manch (BKMM) had taken out a protest march yesterday from Palda village to Shahpur pressing for their demands.

Riots victims were protesting against failure of the state government to arrest the riots accused, even after a year has passed for the riots, BKMM president Gulam Mohammad Jolla said.

"Several gram pradhan's (village heads) of the affected villages took part in the protest," he said.

Villagers have alleged that the accused persons are not being arrested due to pressure from a union minister.

Eight people including a woman were killed and their houses were burnt by the rioters at Kutba village in August-September last year.