Elaborating more about the meeting, Dharmendra Malik, a senior member of Ghatwala Khap, said, "The main agenda of the meeting was to mount pressure on the state government to withdraw false cases of rape lodged against innocent youngsters." he further stated that members of various Khaps are trying to work out a peaceful solution to the prevailing situation, since many of the youngsters residing in the villages have to appear in various competitive examinations.
"However, if this is construed as our weakness, then let me reiterate that we will not allow even a single innocent to be arrested," Malik said and added that the Khap members are ready for a do or die battle. "Our only request to the state government of Uttar Pradesh is to hand over the probe to an agency and ensure that it is done in an independent and fair manner. And, if the state government tries to falsely implicate us in various cases, then we would court mass arrests, and may resort to other violent means of protests," the senior member of Ghatwala Khap further added.
On whether the Khaps would be extending their support to a particular political party in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Malik was of the view that Khaps would back those political parties, who have helped them in the hour of crisis and stood by them through thick and thin.
Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the Muzaffarnagar riot cases has so far filed chargesheet against 248 persons in connection with the 48 different cases.
"As many as 248 persons have been chargesheeted so far in connection with the riots while 1195 persons have been found involved and their list has been sent to respective police stations for arresting them," Manoj Jha, additional SP (SIT) said, and added that 417 accused have been arrested in connection with different cases.
Six cases of gang rape were registered against 27 persons during riots in which 22 persons were found involved. While Vedpal was arrested, 21 others are absconding and attachment proceedings against them have been initiated by the court. More than 60 persons were killed and more than 40,000 displaced in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in September last year during the communal violence.