16 September, 2013


Here is the summary of the report of the fact finding committee coordinated by Centre for Policy Analysis.

[For full report please click http://www.indiaresists.com/muzaffarnagar-2013-violence-by-political-design-report/]

Conclusions: Of state failure and political cynicism
The conclusions of this team are that the state government seems to havebeen taken by surprise, though they had no reason to, and that there wasprobably a deliberate disregard of rising tensions and intelligence reports.Muslims were attacked not so much with the intent of causing deaths, whichwould invite serious opprobrium, but with the object of chasing them out of the Hindu majority villages. The team has concluded that there was a plan to
end decades of coexistence and “cleanse” certain villages of the Muslim
presence. Having carried through this part of their agenda, the young males

particularly those of the Jat community

have also chosen at least duringdaylight hours, to make themselves scarce in their usual places of habitation.The police response has been too little and too late. Investigations into the

cycle of provocation and violence that led to the conflagaration of September7 have made little headway. And the police have been conspicuous by theirabsence in villages cleansed of the Muslim presence, where even the Jatcommunity has chosen to make itself scarce. Mobile patrols and static picketshave been absent where they may have been most required. With the kind of religious cleansing that has been attempted, a number of pickets should havebeen set up in all villages of mixed religious composition, to check the growinganimosity between communities.
And even if a number of complaints and FIR’s
have been registered, there seems to have been no attempt to arrest theperpetrators of the killing and the violent expulsion of Muslims.The state government has disregarded all norms of prudent staffing of policestations in a district of mixed religious composition. Police stations accordingto the many victim-survivors this team met, simply refused to respond to theirurgent calls for help because they were manned by personnel in tacitsympathy with the caste agenda of the aggressors. In this respect, the localsbelieve that the Akhilesh Yadav ministry has reversed a healthy practice fromearlier years, to assign police command posts in a manner that minimised thepotential for conflict of interests arising from caste or religious loyalties. Theoutcome is a complete loss of faith in the agencies of the state, with the policenow castigated as an accessory of caste and communal violence.This team was shocked at the inability and incompetence of the stategovernment, with even the basic measures not being taken to ensure thatthose provoking a communal conflagration were thwarted in their designs.Under threat of communal strife, a government has four major tasks toperform, and this team which includes an experienced civil administrator andsenior police officer, feels that these tasks, if done with commitment andcompetence, would have averted the threat of communal violence. Theessential steps involved -- prevention, control, rescue, rehabilitation and justice

are dealt with in greater detail below.
The Akhilesh Yadav government failed to still the rumours thatspread through the area like wildfire, adding to burgeoning tensions andpushing communities into confrontation. There are no two views that theMuzaffarnagar, and indeed the western belt of Uttar Pradesh, was plagued by

toxic rumours designed to pit communities against each other. Instead of defusing these from the very beginning through a sustained informationcampaign, the state government chose to ignore them, contributing to avolatile atmosphere that could have erupted at any time.Reports of the fake tape that was posted on the social media by a BJP legislatorof adjoining Meerut district were also not acted upon by the state governmentuntil it was too late to intervene. Arrest warrants of the legislator were issued,and the fact that the video was of an incident in Pakistan, were made knownonly when the violence had erupted.Despite the tension over the incidents of alleged harassment of young girls andthe subsequent deaths, the state government allowed large gatherings fromboth sides to take place without check. Displaced villagers from different partsof the district told the team that the violence started after
wereheld in their respective villages. Though DM Sharma claims that a number of preventive arrests were made between August 31 and September 7, his caseseems to lack conviction.The team does not accept the explanation of the district authorities that theydid not expect this
to take place. Villagers confirmed thatthere was sufficient notice for this, and at least they all knew it was going to beheld. The failure to act on information was an abject failure of the stategovernment.
: The state government was unable to contain the violence after itbroke out. District authorities claimed that they had no idea it would spread tothe countryside, and were expecting it only in the town area of Muzaffarnagar.The police was absent with not a single incident being reported by the villagersof police intervention to either arrest leaders making provocative speeches, orto help those being attacked by mobs. There is not a single shred of evidenceto prove that the police acted against the mobs that freely attacked and killedtheir neighbours, and looted and burnt homes. The Army was called ineventually, and its presence brought down the levels of violence even thoughit was not authorised by the state administration to use force for ensuringpeace. Women and children trapped in their homes told the team that theywere rescued by the Army from the burning villages. The displaced villagers

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