An Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam issued notice on two petitions - one by Mohammad Haroon and eight other residents of Muzaffarnagar and the other by the Supreme Court Bar Association.
While issuing notice, the court made it clear that it was not commenting on the plea to direct the Central Government to discharge its obligations under Article 355 of the Constitution.

The court also directed the Centre and the UP government to inform it about the steps taken to assist the people who are stranded and are without food and water.The court also sought details on the opening of proper relief camps and providing psychological help to the victims.

Muzaffarnagar calm, curfew relaxed for seven hours

With normalcy returning to riot-hit areas of the district, curfew was relaxed for seven hours on Thursday.

"The administration has decided to relax curfew in three police station areas between 10 am to 5 pm," District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.
Though the shops opened, all schools and colleges would remain closed till September 15. Strict vigil was being maintained during the relaxation period and police and paramilitary forces are on high alert. The administration had imposed curfew in Kotwali, Civil Lines and Nai Mandi areas of the district on Saturday last following communal clashes.
Curfew was relaxed for five hours on Wednesday in Muzaffarnagar while Baghpat witnessed a communal clash leaving a constable injured.
ADG (Law and Order) Arun Kumar had said on Wednesday that two bodies were recovered from the Ganga canal taking the death toll in the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar to 38, 67 people were injured in the violence and 408 persons arrested, he had said, adding, 12 bodies were awaiting post-mortem and police was trying to ascertain whether the deaths were linked to the communal violence.
Kumar had said two of the suspects in the violence, Vikram Saini and Mukarram, have been detained under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).
Besides this, two deaths have been reported from Meerut, one each have been reported from Hapur, Baghpat, Saharapur and Shamli, raising the total number of dead to 44.

10,000 preventive arrests over riots

Over 10,000 preventive arrests have taken place till Wednesday following the communal violence, a senior police official said.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said arrests were on and so far over 10,000 preventive arrests had been made till Wednesday.

As many as 2,000 licensed arms have been seized by the district administration and their licences cancelled.

"Things are looking up now and life is getting back to normal and no fresh case of violence has been reported," Kumar said. 

Police officials are carrying out door-to-door checking to identify "any remnants of mobs" and have since confiscated a large amount of ammunition, including 41 cartridges of AK-47.

Victims being identified

Meanwhile, the authorities moved on to identifying the victims, their lost property and began work on rehabilitation.

Officials said that till now their priority was to contain the communal violence and the situation thereafter. But now their focus has shifted to ensuring proper and adequate supply of essential items, reopening of educational institutions and identifying the victims.

"The first half of the week has gone in controlling the violence, we are now focused on bringing life back to normal and the process of identifying people affected by the riots -- deaths, injuries, and loss to property be it home or commercial establishments," an official said.

Home Secretary Kamal Saxena said 10 shelter camps for the displaced in the riots have been set up in which roughly 10,000 people have taken refuge. The relaxation in curfew has also taken place, he added.

Muzaffarnagar riots unfortunate: Manish Tewari

Congress leader Manish Tewari termed the communal riots as "unfortunate" and blamed the Samajwadi Party government for the situation in the state.

"Whatever has happened is very sad and unfortunate. This is the responsibility of the state government," Tewari told reporters here.

He said the biggest challenge now was to bring back normalcy in the affected areas. "People must be brought to book. It is not necessary to politicise every issue," he said.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had on Wednesday alleged that some political parties were trying to take advantage of the situation in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas and stirring up trouble.


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