Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

10,000 victims have refused to return home,UP tells SC

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: November 14, 2013 4:58 am

Uttar Pradesh government informed the Supreme Court Wednesday that nearly 10,000 victims of Muzaffarnagar riots “have not agreed to return to their native villages even after confidence building measures and serious persuasion”.

A fresh status report,filed by Divisional Commissioner of Saharanpur,disclosed that around 10,000 people were still living in 10 operational camps and that their “decision was found to be justified largely based on the fear emanating from the kind of incidents that broke out on 7-8 September”.

It added that the state government has decided to pay the families,reluctant to go back,Rs 5 lakh per family for resettlement and rehabilitation.

The report stated that out of 51,000 people who had taken shelter in 58 relief camps in riots-hit Muzaffarnagar area,around 41,000 have gone back to their native places.

The report,which would be considered on November 21 by the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam who had taken serious note of fresh violence in the area,said that so far 581 persons have been arrested in connection with various FIRs lodged for incidents of violence,arson and looting.

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

The state government would also give jobs to one member of the family of 56 persons who died during the riots.

The report also gave details of arrangements made by the state government in relief camps including medical facilities and compensations paid to the victims under different heads.

The Supreme Court is hearing various petitions relating to communal clashes that had broken out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of western UP on September 7 that killed 61 people and left many injured..

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