The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday assured the Supreme Court to make efforts to provide relief to the riot-hit families of Muzaffarnagar. The state has also announced Rs. 10-lakh assistance to the families of dead and Rs. 50,000 to injured during the riots.
In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Uttar Pradesh government said: “The commissioner, Saharanpur division, has been designated the nodal officer for providing relief and rehabilitation. That, the state government has issued directions to the district magistrates of all districts in Saharanpur and Meerut divisions, to evaluate the damage to movable and immovable property, including houses and places of worship, and also to work out an estimate for the reconstruction of the same.”
The Centre too filed an affidavit giving details of the steps it has taken to curtail the violence in the riot-affected areas of western UP. It said 78 companies of Centre Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed in the riot-hit areas.
Filed in compliance to the SC direction, the Centre’s affidavit said that R2-lakh assistance would be given to the victims’ families under the Prime Minister Relief Scheme. It further stated that 44 persons were killed and 97 were injured in the violence-hit areas and 2,462 people have so far been arrested. It said that 41,829 people are stranded in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar districts.
The SC had earlier directed the state to take steps in association with the Centre to bring the violence under control and ensure safe passage to people stranded in the conflict zone.
The bench had also directed authorities to ensure that those injured are provided with immediate medical assistance. It had dismissed the plea of UP government that no order be passed on the petitions for the time being and also disapproved Akhilesh government’s opposition to involve the Centre on the issue of law and order in the riot-hit districts.