Muzaffarnagar ri­ots ac­cused found dead

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

MUZAFFARNAGAR: An ac­cused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar ri­ots was found dead in his home in Kutba vil­lage here, po­lice said on Satur­day. The body of Ram Das alias Kala (30), bear­ing a bul­let in­jury, was sent for a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion, they said, adding that the mat­ter was be­ing probed. Po­lice are yet to as­cer­tain whether Das com­mit­ted sui­cide or was mur­dered. Mean­while, se­cu­rity was beefed up in and around the com­mu­nally sen­si­tive vil­lage where eight peo­ple had re­port­edly died and sev­eral left in­jured dur­ing the 2013 ri­ots. Ex­tra po­lice per­son­nel were de­ployed as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to pre­vent any un­to­ward in­ci­dent, of­fi­cials said. The com­mu­nal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and ad­join­ing ar­eas in Au­gust and Septem­ber 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives while over 40,000 peo­ple were dis­placed.

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