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Muzaffarnagar delegation meets U.P. CM

Lucknow/Kairana: On 7 January a delegation of civil society activists and Muzaffarnagar riot victims met U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and put forward their demands on various issues related to riots in and around Muzaffarnagar district. The meeting was made possible after the visit of the senior Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi to Malakpur and Sunethi relief camps in Shamli district two days earlier. The activists who met the chief minister included Khudai Khidmatgaar national leader Dr Faraz Badar Rizvi who is also the founder of Jagriti Seva Sansthan and is involved in relief efforts since the very beginning. The delegation made the following demands with the CM:

1. Stop forceful eviction of camps immediately;
2. Stop harassment of camp dwellers and organisers by administration and police, immediately;
3. Look into the high-handedness of the local administration which is deliberately putting roadblocks in rehabilitation work;
4. Start re-issuing lost documents of the victims, especially voter ID and ration cards and and marksheets of victims on war footing;
5. Ensure that the camps are not dismantled until the law and order situation becomes normal and victims themselves start feeling safe and secure;
6. Offer medical rehabilitation of the injured victims of riots;
7. Raise the compensation amount and widen its net to include those who have not suffered any direct physical violence but had to flee from their homes out of fear and communal tension;
8. Make a coordination committee of civil society activists to oversee the process of rehabilitation and relief.

The CM appeared concerned and promised the delegation all help. He assured them that he will look into all the allegations of callous attitude of the administration and will make sure that government provides all help in the rehabilitation process. The meeting was attended by Daud Ali of Jagriti Seva Sansthan, Mufti Aslam of Malakpur, Zahid (SDPI), Maulvi Imdad Ullah, Ayyub Jung and Haji Sajid of Kandhla.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2014 on page no. 13

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