U.P. – Evil Stalks the Land: Fact-finding Report on the Muzaffarnagar Riots from Anhad

October 3, 2013

FACT FINDING REPORT INTO THE RIOTS OF MUZAFFARNAGAR – Anhad

Evil Stalks the Land – Anhad report [PDF, English, 1.8 MB] »

The present report is the outcome of a visit by a team of 24, intellectuals, social activists, lawyers and media persons. The team visited riot-hit areas of Uttar Pradesh on September 22 – 23 September, 2013. It met the victims, spent time in camps, met local leaders, civil society activists, important persons and political leaders, belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities. It visited several relief camps and villages in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Ghaziabad districts of Uttar Pradesh, meeting hundreds of victims, scores of relief camp committee members; speaking to people in general on the dhabas and in mohallas, as well as policemen on the roads and at various police stations.

The team extensively video recorded the visuals and horrifying stories as narrated by the victims. The team members recorded the eyewitness heart rendering descriptions extreme violence that the victims had to face.

However, the major concern of the team members was to find out what lead to this extreme, intense widespread violence. What were the methods used for creating the hatred among the communities and enlarging the already existing communal fault lines, which led to these barbaric attacks. Which community was on the receiving end of the ferocity that was unleashed. What are the long-term effects of these riots.

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