In reply to an RTI query, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that so far as the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar is concerned, an ‘incident happened in Kawal town on August 27, 2013 in which three persons were killed over alleged eve teasing of a girl which culminated into a major communal riot in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining districts’.
"As per the report of the state government, 62 persons were killed and 98 persons were injured. Copies of reports cannot be provided under Section 8 (H) of Right to Information Act, 2005," it said.
The Section bars disclosure of information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
The MHA was asked to provide copies of reports sent to it by Uttar Pradesh Governor and government among others.
The Ministry also cited an exemption clause of the transparency law when asked details of any intelligence communication sent to Uttar Pradesh government warning them of possible riots in Muzaffarnagar and other areas.
"As per Section 24 of the RTI Act, 2005, the information relating to Intelligence Bureau does not come under the purview of RTI Act," the reply said.
The Section bars disclosure of information, other than those pertaining to the allegations of corruption and human rights violations, by about 19 probe agencies, intelligence and security organizations including Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and Directorate of Enforcement (ED) among others.


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