Of the 1,475 accused arrested in cases of murder, rape, arson and dacoity in connection with the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, only 37 are behind bars. Thirty-nine of the accused have been acquitted and the others are out on bail.
The Special Investigation Cell (SIC), which investigated the riot cases, failed to present a strong case against the bail applications of about 1,400 accused, who walked out of jail. Additional Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, Vinod Kumar Pandey, who is supervising the SIC investigations, said they were moving court for cancellation of bail of the accused.
The police had arrested 424 persons in murder cases. They include six persons accused in the murders of Jat youths Sachin and Gaurav in Kawal village on August 27, 2013.
According to police records, applications to cancel the bail of 153 murder accused have already been filed in the Allahabad High Court, while applications for cancellation of bail of 83 others, facing other charges, have also been moved in the court.
For 20 other murder accused, the SIC is waiting for the state government’s permission to move for bail cancellation.The cell had sought direction from the state government to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against 176 persons who got bail from the Allahabad High Court.
The state government has now directed the police to seek permission from the High Court for filing SLP.
The records show that the cell has filed SLP in the Supreme Court for cancellation of bail of six rape and three murder accused.
Earlier, 39 persons were acquitted in five cases including two murder cases, one gangrape and two of dacoity. They were acquitted after complainants and other prime witnesses of the cases turned hostile.
The agency investigated 511 FIRs, filed closure reports in 159 and expunged 169 cases. The police are yet to complete investigation in nine cases related to the killing of 24 persons, including 11 victims whose bodies are yet to be traced.
The pending cases include one against BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som, who faces charges of circulating a fake video on social media claiming it to be that of lynching of two Jat youths in Kawal village on August 27, 2013.