Lawmakers face arrest over Hindu, Muslim riots in IndiaAgence France-Presse . New Delhi
A court in northern India on Wednesday ordered the arrest of dozens of suspects including politicians and community leaders for inciting violence during recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, police said.
The state lawmakers, including those from the ruling Congress party and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are among 69 people wanted by police over the riots in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh.
‘The court in Muzaffarnagar today ordered their arrest after we registered cases against 69 people who include leaders from some political parties,’ state police spokesman Manoj Jha told by telephone.
The unrest, during which mobs burned houses and a mosque forcing hundreds of people to flee, erupted this month in Muzaffarnagar, 105 kilometres northeast of capital New Delhi, before spreading to other villages.
Thousands of extra paramilitary personnel were rushed to affected areas of the state, which has a history of religion and caste-based violence in its 200-million population.
Uttar Pradesh witnessed riots in 1992 following the razing of a mosque by a Hindu mob. More than 2,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed after the 16th-century structure in Ayodhya was demolished.
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