Popular Front demands justice to Muzaffarnagar riot victims

Press Release Lucknow 19/9/2013

Popular Front of India in a memorandum submitted to Shri. Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of UP, has demanded immediate arrest of all perpetrators of violence including village community and political party leaders who roam free in spite of being booked under criminal charges. Popular Front of India Chairman K.M. Shareef has sought a thorough investigation in to the factors that led to the wide spread violence in Muzaffarnagar and surrounding regions and stringent action against those who were behind arranging provocative gatherings and inflammatory videos. He has pointed out that in contrary to the claims of bringing back normalcy in the region, Muslim community members still live under threats. They are not in a position to return to their villages. Hence urgent steps are to be taken for the rehabilitation of the refugees along with adequate protection. The memorandum suggested constituting village peace committees with representation to all communities and local leaders as a step to bring back normalcy and to prevent communal occurrences in future. (Copy of the memorandum is attached)
All eye witness accounts once again reveal that, as happened in the past, majority community members in police and local administration have colluded with rioters against the minorities. Hence Popular Front has demanded a special recruitment for underrepresented community like Muslims in order to ensure their adequate representation in police and administration.

A team led by Chairman K.M. Shareef and General Secretary O. M. A. Salam along with UP State President Mohammed Waseem and Secretary Moulana Mohammed Maqsoom Nadwi held discussions with Mr. Arun Kumar, DGP (law and order) about the immediate steps to be taken for providing justice to the victims of Muzaffarnagar violence. The delegation shared their experiences during the visit of the refugees and conveyed the depth of casualties and losses that are much more than what is admitted by police and administration.

At Muzaffarnagar Popular Front volunteers have started spot surveys among victims and assessment of their basic needs. A legal aid team has also started work in the region.

Popular Front of India units across the nation will collect from people funds for relief work on Friday 20th of this month. Popular Front Chairman has appealed for generous contributions to Muzaffarnagar relief project.

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