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Muzaffarnagar violence: Mulayam wants riots relief camps to close soon

Mulayam expressed concern that relief camps were adversely impacting the image of the Akhilesh govt.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow |
October 2, 2013 1:02:37 am

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked the state government to make all efforts to close riot relief camps in Muzaffarnagar at the earliest by persuading riot victims to return to their villages.

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The direction came at a meeting of the harmony committee,which comprises 10 ministers and is headed by Shivpal Yadav,held at his residence in Lucknow in the presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday.

At the meeting,Mulayam expressed concern that the running of relief camps was adversely impacting the image of the Akhilesh government. It was the second meeting of the committee in the past three days at Mulayam’s residence.

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“Mulayamji told us that such an atmosphere should be created that normalcy returns and relief camps are closed at the earliest. We are not throwing out inmates but helping them return home,” a minister present at the meeting stated.

Mulayam is learnt to have said that relief camps provide tailor-made stories to the media and any development becomes news.

“Marriage,births,deaths and even normal illness,all make news. Journalists head towards relief camps. The inmates narrate their tales and next day something new crops up,” the minister said quoting Mulayam. The ministers will now persuade inmates to return home.

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Meanwhile,the Muzaffarnagar district administration closed down eight relief camps on Tuesday. Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma confirmed,“Eight camps were closed down today. Now only 33 camps are operational in the district”. The camps which were set up on September 9 housed 43,000 people. The remaining 33 camps presently house 15,500 people.

The administration has decided to close the remaining camps as soon as possible.

Five mosques rebuilt

Amidst uncertainty over return of Muslims from relief camps to their villages,the district administration of Muzaffarnagar has succeeded in reconstructing five mosques in Jat-dominated villages.

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The mosques situated in the riot-hit villages have been reconstructed,white-washed and new items such as mats,caps etc have been arranged.

The mosques are in villages of Kharad,Kutba,Harauli,Mundbhar and Kakda. Jats,the dominant community in these villages,have no objection to the reconstruction.

“We took the other community in confidence. Muslims were returning to these villages but ravaged mosques had adverse effect on their mind. When there was a

consensus,we asked the Muslims to take up reconstruction of the mosques,” District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

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