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PM to visit Muzaffarnagar, NIC meet on 23 Sept

Statesman News Service |

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NEW DELHI, 14 SEPT: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit  Muzaffarnagar on Monday for an on-the-spot assessment in the district that witnessed deadly communal riots about a week ago. The PM will take stock of the situation during the visit, PMO sources said here today.
He is expected to discuss the situation with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the wake of riots that have claimed 47 lives so far and may visit hospitals where the injured are admitted.
Mr Singh had condemned the violence and expressed his deep anguish over the loss of lives. He had talked to the chief minister and assured all help from the Centre in dealing with the situation. He also sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for the seriously injured in the clashes from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
Against the backdrop of the riots, the Centre has convened a meeting of National Integration Council on 23 September that is expected to focus on communal harmony and related aspects.
Curfew was eased during the day in the riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar for the fifth consecutive day today while 542 people have been arrested so far in connection with communal violence in the district and surrounding areas that claimed 47 lives. Curfew imposed in Kotwali, Civil Lines and Nai Mandi areas of the district on 7 September following communal violence was relaxed from 7 a.m. this morning till 7 p.m, officials said.
Since the outbreak of the riot, 62 cases of rioting have been registered in different police stations, Additional SP Alok Piryadarshi said today. About 1,800 arm licences were cancelled in the riot-affected areas.
Meanwhile, two youths were today arrested for sending inflammatory text messages in Sikhera village in the district.
In another case, police today arrested four persons, including a son of a Khap council head, for rioting in Bahawdi village in Fugana following complaints by some riot victims, who have taken shelter in a relief camp at Kaira in the district.
Eveteasing in Aligarh
An incident of eveteasing caused tension in the Atrauli area of Aligarh. A girl who was on her way to college was allegedly harassed by three youths of a particular community. While one youth was nabbed by bystanders, the other two escaped. Tension mounted after leaders of different saffron organisations reached there. Police subsequently caught another culprit.