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Sep 15, 2013 at 05:34pm IST

Muzaffarnagar: Strict action against those found guilty, says Akhilesh

Muzaffarnagar: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar were a result of politics and the government will take strictest action against those found guilty. He said that no politics should be played over the Muzaffarnagar riots.

"The government will take strictest action against those who were behind in the act of disrupting peace. No matter how big he is, wherever he goes, the government will find them and send them to jail," Akhilesh said.

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He said that any decision on the CBI investigation will be based on the probe commission's report, which is expected soon. "The primary objective now is to restore peace in the area, restore faith in people," he said.

He said that at least 39 people died in the riots and added, "Rumours are still floating around of bodies being found now and then."

He appealed to the people to return to their homes, who had migrated in fear of their lives to other areas. He also said he tried to reach Muzaffarnagar as early as possible and was in touch with the local administration throughout.

Earlier in the day, Akhilesh faced angry protesters as he toured the area on Sunday. This, even as the government suspended the former Muzaffarnagar SSP Subhash Dubey and ordered a departmental inquiry against him for alleged lapses during the riots. He also visited the family of Rajesh Verma, the journalist who was associated with IBN7 and who lost his life while reporting on the clashes. "Met family members of Rajesh Verma and have promised Rs 15 lakh compensation, and a government job to a family member," he said.

He hit out at those who uploaded fake videos during the riots. He said, "Spreading such false hatred inflicting videos was anti-national. Will have to find them and prosecute them." He requested people not to believe in rumours.