In a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, Sir Syed Minority Foundation, which organised the march, pointed out that the alarming rise of such violence in the country since the past few months was an ominous sign.

The president of the Foundation, Pervez Siddiqui told reporters here that if the present "divisive" trend was not confronted strongly, it would cause irreparable damage to the country.

The foundation urged the President to intervene in this grave situation and ensure that a CBI probe is conducted in the Muzaffarpur killings to bring out the truth.

At least 14 persons have been arrested in connection with January 18 violence in Ajitpur village of Muzaffarpur district in which three persons were charred to death when a mob torched nine houses, following recovery of body of an abducted youth.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was in Mumbai at that time, had cut short his visit, in view of the incident, and security had been tightened at the village.

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