Compensate all Muzaffarnagar riot victims: SC to UP govt

The Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to give compensation to all victims of Muzaffarnagar communal riots.

Updated: Nov 21, 2013, 23:17 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to give compensation to all victims of Muzaffarnagar communal riots.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on October 26 issued a notification for providing Rs 90 crores as financial aid only to Muslim families affected by the riots.

Having asked the Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw the controversial notification, the apex court bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi took on record the statement by senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan that the notification will be withdrawn and the government will revise it, which will apply universally.

Dhawan, who appeared for the Uttar Pradesh government, offered to withdraw the notification as counsel ML Sharma, representing a petitioner, pointed to discrimination in the distribution of compensation and rehabilitation of the riot victims.

The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to release 15 tractors of farmers that are in police custody. The court asked the state government to compensate the farmer whose sugarcane crops and tube wells were damaged during the riots.

The court order came in response to submission by senior counsel Pinki Anand, representing another petitioner, who told the court farmers were unable to cultivate their land as their tractors were not being released by the police. She said that irrigation too was getting affected as some tube wells are damaged.

At this, Chief Justice Sathasivam said he was also a farmer and can understand their plight. He said no agricultural activity could be done without tractors.
On November 18, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on a plea seeking transfer of probe into Muzaffarnagar clashes from state police to any independent agency.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam asked the government to file its response and had posted the case for hearing on November 21.

The court had passed the order on a PIL filed by Jat Mahasabha of Meerut to transfer the probe questioning the investigation done by UP police.

Communal clashes had broken out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of western UP on September 07 that killed 61 persons.

The report also said: "The Government of UP has paid Rs 6.15 crore to families of 61 deceased persons and Rs 17.50 lakh to 35 seriously injured persons and Rs 9.40 lakh to 47 persons with simple injuries," adding the Centre has sanctioned Rs 1.49 crore for them.

(With Agency inputs)