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UP govt parades riot victims who hail ‘prompt relief’

State government has also released a TV advertisement that shows riot victims claiming that they are satisfied with the relief measures.

In A damage-control exercise post-Muzaffarnagar riots, the state government is lining up riot victims who claim that “prompt” and “unpreceden-ted” relief has been provided to them by the government.

On Wednesday, a group of riot victims from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts were brought before the media with PWD minister Shivpal Yadav by their side.

One Haji Shahid from Shahpur claimed: “We had not imagined that the SP government will give us prompt relief and wipe our tears so quickly. People in SUVs visited our camps and gave us one blanket and wanted us to be hostile towards the state government.”

Shivpal targeted the rival parties. “Opposition parties were worried as these people had returned home from relief camps. The media also did not give a real picture and focused only on the Saifai Mahotsav,” he said.

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On Tuesday, another set of riot victims were called by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and CM Akhilesh Yadav to their residence. Later, the media was invited and the victims expressed their gratitude to Mulayam and Akhilesh.  Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Arshad Madani, was present during the meeting.

The state government has also released a TV advertisement that shows riot victims claiming that they are satisfied with the relief measures and compensation.

First published on: 16-01-2014 at 12:52:30 am
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