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Oct 31, 2013 at 01:39pm IST

Muzaffarnagar violence: Home Ministry seeks report from UP government

Muzaffarnagar: The Home Ministry has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the fresh incidents of violence in Muzaffarnagar. Sources say that authorities don't think that the latest round of violence has a communal angle.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that the government is keeping a close watch on the situation. This came after four people were killed in two separate incidents of communal clashes on Wednesday night. Three men were killed in a clash between two groups from two neighboring villages while in a separate clash one woman was killed.

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Both the incidents took place in the Budhana area which falls in rural Muzzaffarnagar. Section 144 has been imposed in the area while eight people have been arrested. The incident appeared to be the fallout of the communal tension in the region. Muhammadpurraisingh village was one of places affected by the riots in September.

"The incident happened while there was a police camp in Muzaffarnagar. We will conduct a full probe. But if there was a personal problem they could've approached the police. 15 people have been identified as suspects and 8 people are already in custody. Rest of them will be caught soon and will be brought to book," said ADG Mukul Goel.

The PAC and police force presence has been increased in the area. These fresh clashes come almost two months after the Muzaffarnagar riots in which more than 60 people were killed.

(With additional information from PTI)