Two weeks after the state government formed a Special Investigation Cell to investigate the Muzaffarnagar riots, investigation into the triple murder in Kawaal village on August 27, which led to the violence, began Friday.
A police team visited the spot, met the families of victims, and recorded the statements of the villagers.
Inspector Sampurna Nand Tripathi, who is the investigating officer of the case, said: “We can say the investigation in the triple murder case began effectively today.”
He added that they received all documents of the case from the local police.
The murder of three men — Shahnawaz of Kawaal village, and Gaurav and Sachin Baliyan of Malikpura village — that had led to a mahapanchayat on September 7. Communal violence broke out in Muzaffarnagar on that day in which 49 people were killed.
On September 14, the government formed the Special Investigation Cell.
On Friday morning, officials of Special Investigation Cell visited Shahnawaz’s house and met his family. In the afternoon, the team went to Malikpura village and met the families of Gaurav and Sachin.
“Everyone in the village is cooperating in the investigation. We have also recorded statements of several local residents and shopkeepers of Kawaal village,” said Tripathi.
The police team also visited the house of Mohammad Furkan, the lone man arrested in the case for the murder of Gaurav and Sachin. Inspector Tripathi said they met Furkan in the Muzaffarnagar district Jail where he is lodged since his arrest on August 27.
Furkan’s family told the policemen he was framed in the case by some locals. Furkan, 28, owns a grocery shop in Kawaal. Sachin and Gaurav were murdered a little away from his shop.
56 GIVEN JOBS
LUCKNOW: The UP government on Friday night issued an order to provide jobs to one dependant each of 56 killed in the recent Muzaffarnagar violence.
A survey had revealed that out of 62 people who died during the violence, bodies of five remain to be identified. All dependants of one of the victims are below 18 years of age.
Of the remaining 56 people who are eligible for jobs, seven would be employed in the Panchayati Raj Department