RSS magazine defends Jat youths, blames Akhilesh govt
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Four months after the Muzaffarnagar riots left at least 60 dead and thousands homeless, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is distributing a 24-page magazine, titled Muzaffarnagar Danga, in the area defending the two Jat youths whose deaths are reported to have set off the violence.
The two youths, Sachin and Gaurav, are reported to have been killed after they allegedly killed a Muslim youth for harassing their sister. ''How can a brother tolerate misbehaviour towards his sister?" says an unsigned editorial in the magazine, which also carries photographs of the two youths.
Accusing the Samajwadi Party of adopting an appeasement policy towards Muslims, it says, "The SP government probably feels that it will lose power if Muslims get annoyed. Due to this reason, the Akhilesh Yadav government announced Rs 5 lakh for each Muslim victim."
While the magazine does not carry any name, the address of its publisher has been listed as "Vishwa Samvad Kendra, 105, Arya Nagar, Suraj Kund Road, Meerut". The address belongs to a unit office of the RSS in Meerut.
When contacted, RSS pracharak Shivprakash said, "The magazine has been published by RSS workers of Meerut plant in an attempt to make society aware about the facts of the riots, because the government is making false claims... When the biased attitude of the state government for one community does not provoke people, the magazine with factual reports cannot incite them."
Meanwhile, a BJP leader and former minister, Sudhir Kumar Baliyan, and counsel of some Hindu victims in the riots cases, Jagbir Singh, are distributing another 94-page magazine titled Faisla Aapka? Bharat: Darool Harab ya Darool Islam.
"Nearly 4,000 copies have been published and distributed in western UP to tell the truth behind these riots," said Baliyan.
The magazine accuses SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav of using Muslim youth involved in crimes to orchestrate the riots, with the aim to win votes in the Lok Sabha elections.