CRITICISING BOTH the state government and the Centre for taking little action to rehabilitate families affected by the 2013 communal riots, a two-member team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Monday said the victims are forced to live in such woeful conditions that nearly eight out of 10 people are at risk of contracting diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
The team, comprising member-in-charge for UP Farida Abdullah Khan and NCM member Captain Pooran Davar, met many families in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar districts, in western UP, to find out how they were coping three years after the riots.
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The team’s observation comes weeks after a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report held displaced riot-hit families responsible for the rise in crime in Shamli’s communally sensitive Kairana area.
On the NHRC report, and tension in Kairana town following reports of alleged Hindu exodus, Khan and Davar said they did not find any material on ground to corroborate the NHRC’s assertion. They also ruled out any such exodus from Kairana.
Khan, who visited Palda village in Muzaffarnagar, called the situation at the riot rehabilitation camp there “shocking”. “Nothing has been done for these people…. All of them are at risk of contracting serious diseases,” she said.
Davar, who went to Aayapuri and Hassan colony in Shamli, said, “The villagers in Hassan colony do not have kerosene to cook. There is no power, no water, dirt all around.”