Bangalore, Sep 10: Religious leaders from across the country Tuesday appealed to the people of riot-hit Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh to maintain calm and restrain from getting swaying by feelings of revenge.
“We appeal to the people of Muzaffarnagar to stay calm and restrain from getting swayed by feelings of revenge. Do not get carried away by rumours,” the leaders led by Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar said in a statement here.
The other leaders who made the appeal are Chidanand Saraswati, spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan ashram at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, and Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, chief imam of India.
Noting that revenge always brought repentance, the leaders said as the law would punish the guilty, the people should not take law into their hands.
At least 32 people were killed in the sectarian violence that rocked the district in the northern state since Saturday, leading to imposition of curfew and shoot at sight order to restore normalcy.