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Disobeying the order by district authorities banning the panchayats, the accused had participated in two panchayats, said the district magistrate. Photo: PTI
Disobeying the order by district authorities banning the panchayats, the accused had participated in two panchayats, said the district magistrate. Photo: PTI

Case against minister of state, 60 others in Muzaffarnagar riots

Sanjeev Balyan and others have been charged with violation of prohibitory orders and contributing communal tension

Muzaffarnagar: The district authorities have filed cases against minister of state for agriculture Sanjeev Balyan and 60 others for violation of prohibitory orders in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots.

A case was filed on Tuesday against 61 people including Balyan, two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Bhartendu Singh and Hukum Singh, BJP MLAs Sangit Som and Suresh Rana, Khap leaders Naresh Tikait and Harikishan Singh Malik, additional district magistrate Indermani Tripathi told reporters.

They have been charged with violation of prohibitory orders and contributing communal tension by making inflammatory speeches in community panchayats held on 31 August and 7 September last year, he said.

Disobeying the order by district authorities banning the panchayats, the accused had participated in two panchayats held in Nagla Madore over Kawal incident in the district, added Tripathi.

The court has fixed the hearing for the case on 16 July.

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