Muzaffarnagar: Army has been moved in to control the violence in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh where six people have been killed and 34 injured in communal clashes. The UP government has imposed an indefinite curfew in Civil lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi area of Muzaffarnagar. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased.
A freelance journalist associated with IBN7 Rajesh Verma was shot dead in the Kotwali police station area. In another incident of violence, a photographer was beaten to death in Thana Sikhera area. Both the media personnel were killed while covering the clashes.
Tension has been running high since three people were killed in Kawal village on August 27. Five companies each of the PAC and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the area.
ADG Law and Order of the state Arun Kumar confirmed the death of 6 people during the clashes while maintaining that the situation is under control. "All the senior officers are at the spot and curfew has been imposed in 3 police station areas. We have taken ample precautions. Additional PAC force has been sent. The situation is tense but is under control," Kumar said.
Calling the incidents of clashes unfortunate, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the culprits will not be spared. "All senior officers are working to bring the situation under control in Muzaffarnagar. We have given order to take strict action if required. Curfew has also been imposed in certain places. I appeal to the people to maintain peace and do not believe in rumours. Action will be taken against those who try to disturb the peace and order," Yadav said.