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Muzaffarnagar riots: ADG Arun Kumar seeks transfer from UP


Shreya Dhoundial,CNN-IBN
Sep 18, 2013 at 11:13pm IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh's Additional Director General Police Arun Kumar has written a letter to the Akhilesh government seeking transfer from the state. The letter comes a day after a news channel caught policemen blaming Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for interference in the probe.

In his letter, Arun Kumar said he does not want to work in Uttar Pradesh and seeks a central deputation. He is currently leading the probe into the Muzaffarnagar violence. Over 40 people died and thousands have been displaced in the riots.

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Sources told CNN-IBN that he was upset at not getting a free hand in doing his work. The letter comes an embarrasement and perhaps a vote of no-confidence for the state leadership.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party government also came under attack from opposition parties trying to protect its leaders who were accused of making hate speech during the riots. The situation became worse as BJP leader Uma Bharti dared the state government to arrest its MLAs. She said, "The BJP MLAs are ready to face the arrests but the SP should be ready to face the fallout if the arrests are made. We had been assured today that no arrests will be made until the investigations have been completed."

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The BJP MLAs against whom there is an FIR for making hate speeches, meanwhile, attended the UP Assembly proceedings even as the police cordoned off the premises to try and arrest the law makers. One of the accused BJP MLAs Sangeet Som also dared the police to arrest him. BJP leaders protested outside the state Assembly after the warrants were issued against their MLAs.

Arrest warrants have been issued against 24 political leaders for their alleged involvement in Muzaffarnagar riots. Warrants have been issued against BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh, BSP MP Qadir Rana, BSP MLAs Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel, Congress leader Saeeduzaman and BKU's Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait. However questions have been raised against the SP government as why no warrant has been issued against party leader Rashid Siddiqui, who was seen making a hate speech in a video clip.

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