Muzaffarnagar riots: A munshi has his hands full writing FIRs

MuzaffarnagarLife has slowly started coming to normal in Muzaffarnagar, but hundreds of Muslims continue to flee their homes fearing for their lives. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)

At Muzaffarnagar, FIRs are piling up. A total of 177 FIRs pertaining to riots were handwritten in three days at a single station. Over a hundred still remain. Dealing with this deluge of complaints is one man entrusted with the task of going through each complaint and processing it into an FIR.

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He (he did not want to be named) was brought in specifically for rendering complaints into FIRs quickly and effectively. His young son is unwell, but all that was put aside when he was transferred to one of the worst affected police stations in the district. "When I came here, I realized that no work had been done. There were hundreds of complaints, but none had been processed," he said.

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In the first day, a hundred FIRs were handwritten by him. In the second day, fifty odd were completed.

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"I wrote out 177 FIRs in the first three days, and then I honestly lost count. It must be close to 250 now and complaints keep pouring in," he said. The station he has been posted is on the outskirts of Muzaffarnagar bordering Shamli district, where violence had claimed 19 lives.

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Thousands made their way to those areas in the city where there was a large Muslim population. Speaking about converting these tragedies into sections of the penal code, he said, "When there's an attempt to murder, I write out section 307 IPC next to it. But that doesn't convey the sheer horror of people trying to burn you alive in your own homes," he said.

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