"We appeal to the people of Muzaffarnagar to stay calm and restrain from getting swayed by feelings of revenge. Do not get carried away by rumours," the leaders led by Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar said in a statement in Bangalore.

The other leaders who made the appeal are Chidanand Saraswati, spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan ashram at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, chief Imam of India.

Noting that revenge always brought repentance, the leaders said that as the law would punish the guilty, the people should not take law into their hands. At least 32 people have lost their lives so far in the sectarian violence, which has rocked West Uttar Pradesh in since Saturday, leading to imposition of curfew and shoot at sight order to restore normalcy.

(Agencies)

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