The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its deep concern at the communal violence which has erupted in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in Uttar Pradesh. The CPI(M) strongly condemns the violence which has led to the deaths of 28 people and injuries to many, including children.
The large-scale riot was sparked off by a small incident which occurred nearly ten days earlier but the laxity of the administration has allowed the communal elements to exploit the situation. There has been a series of communal incidents in the state in the past one year. The state government has not shown the vigilance required to curb such incidents promptly.
The role of the BJP and the RSS in fomenting tensions has been there and, in Muzaffarnagar too, this is evident.
The Polit Bureau demands that firm and strong action be taken to put an end to the violence and to arrest the culprits. The administration should involve all sections of the people to restore peace and amity.