ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Massacre at Muzaffarnagar

THE simple facts of the Muzaffarna- gar massacre of October 18, 1976 are: the inhabitants of Khalapar, a predominantly lower class Muslim locality of Muzaffarnagar, took it upon themselves during the heyday of the Emergency to protest against the use of coercion in the implementation of the family planning drive; even though the protest was peaceful, the District Magistrate thought that the slightest concession to popular clamour would mean the thin end of the wedge; he ordered the assembled herd to disperse and go back t o their hovels; the herd insisted on the withdrawal of the police and the return of the six or seven members of the locality who had been taken away for sterilisation; the deadlock continuing, around 4 pm, the DM ordered the police to open fire; curfew was imposed in the city; there was a second, and sustained, round of firing in Khalapar; stray police firing took place in some other parts of the city also.

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