Muzaffarnagar, Sep 18 (PTI): A local court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against 16 politicians and community leaders for allegedly inciting violence through inflammatory speeches here.
Among those facing arrest are Bahujan Samaj Party member of Parliament Qadir Rana, Bharatiya Janata Party state legislators Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh, BSP legislators Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel, Congress leader Saeeduzaman and BKU chief Naresh Tikait, police said.
Action will be taken against them in two days, Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.
“We have arrested three to four politicians...we have collected some evidence...some more evidence is to be collected and very soon will be arrested...whoever is guilty will be arrested in two days...this is subject to investigation,” he said.
They are wanted for violating prohibitory orders and provoking communal tension by inflammatory speeches in different meetings (mahapanchayats) in the district, police said.
Ten police teams have been rushed to arrest those against whom warrants have been issued, a senior official said.
The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas claimed 47 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.