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Muzaffarnagar riots: Toll at 26, arrest of BJP leaders likely

With the death toll from communal clashes rising to 26, arrest warrants have been issued for a number of local BJP leaders who conducted a panchayat meeting following which there were communal riots, CNN-IBN reported.

The names of the BJP leaders are as follows:

Hukum Singh
Sangeet Som
Suresh Rana
Bhartendu Singh

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Of these Hukum Singh is MLA from Kairana in Shamli. He is leader of the BJP in the vidhan sabha and has served as power minister in bjp led state governments.

The District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar, speaking to CNN-IBN, said that schools and colleges have been shut for 3 days.

He added that a total of 13 people died in violence while another 8 people had died today in sporadic violence.

He said that there were around 6-7 "most critical villages" in western Muzzaffarnagar and that a total of 35 people have been arrested so far.

"We have registered an FIR against all those who organised the mahapanchayat and those who attended it. Violence happened because of this mahapanchayat", he told CNN-IBN.

Arun Kumar, the ADAG law and order of Muzaffarnagar said meanwhile, that all violence on Sundaywhich had claimed 13 lives, had been prior to 12 noon, and that there had been no violence after that.

Meanwhile CNN-IBN reported that security would be upped on Monday,and that all forces were in place.

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