"A total of 38 people have died in various districts of western Uttar Pradesh with 32 deaths in Muzaffarnagar", Home Secretary Kamal Saxena said in Lucknow. While two deaths have been reported from Meerut, one each has been reported from Hapur, Baghpat, Saharapur and Shamli, he said, adding that 81 people have been injured in these districts and 366 people have been arrested.

The Home Secretary said that no fresh incident has been reported and the situation is under control. Curfew in three police station areas of Muzaffarnagar - Civil Lines, Kotwali and Nai Mandi - was continuing and Army was patrolling the troubled areas in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Meerut, Saxena said.
    
Prohibitory orders are being enforced strictly and a strict watch is being maintained on mischievous elements. FIRs were on Monday registered against BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh, MLAs Suresh Rana, Bhartendu, Sangeet Som and former Congress MP Harendra Malik among others for violating prohibitory orders and some of the senior leaders who tried to go to Muzaffarnagar, including Union Minister Ajit Singh.
     
The injured are undergoing treatment in various hospitals and the affected people have been shifted to safer places.
     
The government has constituted a one-member Judicial Commission headed by (retd) Justice Vishnu Sahai to probe into the Muzaffarnagar violence. Tension has been running high since three persons were killed in Kawal village on August 27 over an eveteasing incident. The violence had occurred as a meeting was being held in Naglabadhod in defiance of prohibitory orders to demand withdrawal of cases registered in connection with August 27 violence in Kawal. 
     
Concerned over the incidents, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday spoke to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and assured him of all assistances from the Centre to deal with the situation.

(Agencies)   

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