The panel said a decision to transfer the then district magistrate, Surendra Singh, and SSP Manjul Saini, on whose orders eight of the 14 people were picked up by police, added to the perception of bias. The commission also pointed to the role of the social and print media in rumour-mongering and exaggerating reports but did not single out any group.
Singh will face departmental action, said the government’s action taken report.
“The inquiry report tabled in the Assembly is a mix of of several semi-truths”, BJP Legislature Party Leader Suresh Khanna said in a statement issued here.
“But it is also a fact that these officials also became a reason for the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat, Saharanpur and Meerut between August 27 to September 15 in 2013”, said an action taken report tabled by the government immediately after the inquiry commission report, which quoted the commission. This caused deep resentment in the Jat community.
A one-man inquiry commission tasked with investigating into the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, which killed 60 people and rendered thousands homeless, almost all of them Muslims, has held then superintendent of police and an inspector responsible for the riots.
Later, the circulation of a fake video showing two men being lynched led to more violence, which spread to neighbouring villages in the district.
No penal action would be taken against the then BSP MP for an inflammatory speech. Similarly on September 7, 2013, the Hindu Mahapanchayat was held.
“I think the responsibility is of that of the one who is heading the government and that is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh“.
In most cases of the panchayat local intelligence failed to estimate the turnout of the people.
The commission found then SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey guilty of dereliction of duty and failure to prevent the incidents that led to the riots.
“Akhilesh Yadav is the Chief Minister, so he should be squarely held responsible for this heinous crime and for not having been able to handle this problem carefully”, said BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria.