People die in palaces too, says UP minister

It isn't that children in our homes don’t die. Deaths occur everywhere, said Uttar Pradesh Minister Narad Rai .

Lucknow | Published: January 12, 2014 2:02 am

Uttar Pradesh Minister Narad Rai Saturday stoked a potential controversy over deaths in relief camps for riot-hit victims in Muzaffarnagar, saying deaths occur everywhere, including in palaces.

Rai went on to say that deaths of children, adults and elderly are inevitable. His comments came at a time when his government is under attack over the deaths and the difficult conditions people living in relief camps are facing. “Deaths of children, adults and elderly are inevitable. It isn’t necessary that only those living in camps are dying. People die in palaces too. It isn’t that children in our homes don’t die. Deaths occur everywhere,” Rai, who holds the sports portfolio, said.

The controversial comments came just days after the Akhilesh Yadav government accepted that 34 children living in relief camps have died in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The admission of deaths was based on a report by a high-level official panel formed by the state government to probe the fatalities in relief camps. The deaths took place between September 7 and December 20 when winter chill was increasing. While 12 children died in the camps, 22 died in hospitals or nursing homes.

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  1. K
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:02 am
    Ministerji, Please have your head examined. Those who die in palaces or homes are victims of sickness or disease. These people dies due to exposure to cold weather and condition beyond human living conditions. Speak less if you do not have knowledge of suffering of those in refugee camps. Shame on you for such utterance.
    1. C
      Jan 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm
      Shame on you guy!!!!!!!!!!!! Deaths occur every minute and every day all over the day and all over the world but as human beings we are endowed with some gray matter and we improved the Longevity and healthy living of humans over the past decades but statement shows that you lack that matter and unfit to be a minister to set the rules for the people with that matter. Jaihind