Muzaffarnagar riots: UP govt says refugees are being misled

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 13:10

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Lucknow: Amid criticism for ignoring Muzaffarnagar riots victims living in relief camps, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said that those who have refused to go back o their homes have been misled by locals of other political parties.

Talking to reporters, Madhukar Jaitley, Advisor to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, “Out of 41, people living in only 1 camp need to be rehabilitated, those who aren`t going back are being misled by locals from other political parties.”

Even as the remarks from the UP CM`s advisor came, Muzaffarnagar riot victims slammed the state government for ignoring them completely.

Talking to reporters, the victims said that they have no access to food, water, blankets or medication in the relief camps.
Meanwhile, a prominent Muslim community leader Mehmood Madani today said that it is highly unfortunate that a leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav is refusing to accept that people living in Muzaffarnagar relief camps are affected.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had on Monday said that the victims of Muzaffarnagar violence staying in relief camps set up by the government will be sent home.

Akhilesh said many victims have left the camps, and the rest would leave soon, and the district officials have been asked to ensure the victims are sent home safely.

The Chief Minister`s comments come after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi made a surprise visit to Muzaffarnagar to meet the riot victims triggering a fresh round of sparring between Samajwadi Party(SP) and Congress.
Responding to questions on Rahul`s visit, Akhilesh said if the former had given any suggestions, his government would have considered it.

Akhilesh`s father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier lashed out at the Congress and BJP claiming there were no riot victims in the camps, but supporters of the two parties who were staying there.

First Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 13:08

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