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Sep 12, 2013 at 04:47pm IST

Muzaffarnagar riots: Supreme Court serves notice to Centre, UP govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday served notices to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government over the Muzaffarnagar riots. The apex court has directed them to file a response by 2 pm on September 16.

The court said that the Central government has a role to play in maintaining peace in the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar district. While criticising the Akhilesh government, the court said it is aware of the fact that the state government did not take adequate steps to control the communal violence.

Two separate petitions were filed in the Supreme Court over Muzaffarnagar riots - one by the SC Bar Association and the second petition was filed by a SC advocate which was taken up by Gopal Subramaniam.

The court has issued interim orders directing the UP government and Centre to take immediate measures to provide relief to the riot affected people.

The death toll in the communal clashes that erupted in Muzaffarnagar has reached 48. Even as the violence has subsided, normalcy is yet to return in the area.

1500 people have been arrested so far in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots. The curfew in the district was relaxed from 12 noon to 5 pm on Wednesday to monitor the situation.