Muzaffarnagar riots: NHRC accepts UP government’s explanation and closes all cases

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Three years after western districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh witnessed serious communal violence, National Human Rights commission (NHRC) accepted clarification of Uttar Pradesh government on various complaints and closed down all the cases.

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This has been revealed in a recent reply of NHRC to a two and half years old complaint letter of INSAAN FOUNDATION. In a reply the NHRC said that it analysed and monitored various reports received from Uttar Pradesh and have closed all the cases after being contended with its explanation.


Muzaffarnagar had witnessed communal violence in the first week of September 2013 resulting into the deaths of 62, injuries to 93 and displacing 50,000 people. The affected included mostly the people from minority community.

Like many other NGOs, INSAAN FOUNDATION had sent a letter to NHRC on January 2014 bringing to its notice the atrocities committed against people in the aftermath of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli riots and had requested the commission to take steps to stop human right violations of the victims and to specifically investigate cases of mass rapes during the riots.

After more than 30 months NHRC considered this application and preferred to give reply on August 31 this year stating, “The commission has considered the report submitted and accepts the explanation and closes the case along with the linked cases”.

Before reaching to above conclusion it said that the allegation that the police force did not reach the spot at the time of riots and there were lack of security arrangements was found false because police force and PAC were deployed in the area during the riots on September 3, 2013.

NHRC’s finding is in contrast with the Supreme Court of India’s prima facie verdict that it held while hearing petitions in relation to these riots. The court held Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party, prima facie guilty of negligence in preventing the violence and ordered it to immediately arrest all those accused irrespective of their political affiliation.

Court also blamed the Central government for its failure to provide intelligence inputs to the Samajwadi Party-ruled state government in time to help sound alerts.