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Citizens for Justice and Peace approaches Supreme Court seeking CBI probe into Muzaffarnagar riots
The Supreme Court bench hearing the Muzaffarnagar cases issued notice on a writ petition filed by Mumbai-based Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). CJP, on behalf of the riot victims, has demanded for the appointment of a High Powered Committee of Court Commissioners to survey the four worst affected districts (Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar), assess details of the dead and missing as also the scale of damages and monitor the transparency and quality of the probe/investigation and report back to the Supreme Court.

Petitioners have alsoasked for directions to transfer the investigations to the CBI. Thestate government that had filed a status report has been asked torespond to the allegations by the petitioners that charges have beendropped against the powerful accused and serious offence of rape andgender violence have not been recorded.

The petition has alsoprayed for investigations into the overall criminal conspiracy,behind which majoritarian outfits are involved, which is related tocommunalizing the atmosphere prior to the elections using theservices of supremacist outfits especially the Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP). 

Individual incidents of conflict have been converted into massmobilization by these outfits with hateful anti-minority propagandabeing a ready tool.

The co-petitioners include two riot survivors namelyShahid Hassan, son of Sirajuddin, who along with four others wasmassacred in the attack on Lisadh village of Shamli district andSamaydeen son of Kamruddin who was also killed in the violence atLisadh and the Awami Council for Peace and Democracy ((WP Nos170/2013) and are being represented by advocates Aparna Bhat andRamesh Pukhrambam.



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