Shameful That UP Riots Accused Got LS Tickets: Sachar

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Shameful That UP Riots Accused Got LS Tickets: Sachar

Former Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar today termed as "shameful" the act of political parties giving Lok Sabha tickets to Muzaffarnagar riots accused.

"This is shameful and unfortunate. People who have been prosecuted have been put up to fight Lok Sabha elections. This shows the psychology (of the parties)," Sachar said.

Two of the accused -- Hukum Singh and Kadir Rana -- will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

While Singh, MLA from Kairana, will be contesting from the same constituency on BJP ticket, Rana, who is sitting BSP MP from Muzaffarnagar, has been renominated by his party.

Singh and Rana were among the 16 politicians and community leaders who were accused of inciting violence through inflammatory speeches in Muzaffarnagar.

Sachar was speaking at the release of a report by 'Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity' on the Muuzaffarnagar riots.

A seven member team of FDCA had visited the riot-affected areas and met victims, families, community leaders and members of the local administration over a period of three days.

They had come out with a report on the findings of the visit in which one of the major demands is to make a planned effort to send the riot victims to their villages.

"Conducive environment must be created for sending them back to their homes. The government has given them compensation but it is a quick fix solution," FDCA president Muchkund Dubey said.

More than 60 persons were killed and over 40,000 displaced in riots that had took place in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in September last year.

Dubey also demanded the state government to withdraws it condition that those who have been provided compensation of Rs five lakh will have to surrender this amount if they go back to their homes.

"The condition will prevent those who want to go back ...What happened in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli was human rights violations. This is a civilised government and a civilised government cannot ignore people. Money is no consideration," he said.

The team also said that the general perception in the districts is that the riots were politically motivated and have occurred due to the upcoming elections.

"We did not get into the details of which party has orchestrated the riots but the general perception there is that these have been caused for some gains in the elections", said Prem Singh, another member who visited the area.

The forum also put forward the demand that those who have not qualified to receive compensation but have fled their homes out of fear, should be provided Rs 3 lakh per person for returning to their homes.

"In spite of various measures, the displaced families may not return to their villages so long as justice is not done to them and those directly involved in perpetrating violence are roaming around in the affected villages", said ND Pancholi, one of the seven members who visited the district.

"It is essential that most of those against whom FIRs have been lodged should be arrested without delay and those involved in violence and arrested should not be released without a court order", he said.

SIT is investigating a total of 571 cases in which 6,386 people were named, including 538 cases of Muzaffarnagar, 27 of Shamli, two of Baghpat, one of Meerut and Saharanpur each.

"The forum has also sent representations of the above demands to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and has tried to seek appointment but there has been no response," Dubey said.

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