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Three months after UP riots, BSP panel visits area

S Raju, Hindustan Times  Meerut, January 02, 2014
First Published: 00:26 IST(2/1/2014) | Last Updated: 00:30 IST(2/1/2014)

Three months after the Muzaffarnagar riots, on Wednesday a 12-member delegation of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by senior leaders visited the riot-affected areas of districts and assured the victims and their families full support of their party.

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BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya and Nasimuddin Siddique blamed the state government for the plight of the people. "The riot was a conspiracy of BJP and the Samajwadi Party and people will teach them lesson," said Maurya. "The riot was the fall-out of state government’s inefficiency and poor people became victim of their politics," said Siddique.

Sixty-two died in the prosperous sugarcane district of Muzaffarnagar and surrounding areas after clashes erupted between Muslims and Jats. The violence that ensued uprooted around 30,000 people. Five relief camps were set up for them.

The BSP delegation’s visit and the sympathetic ear lent by them were not enough for most of the villagers, coming as late as it did.

One of the members MLC Lokesh Prajapati claimed that the delegation received "overwhelming response" of people, who recalled the good governance of "behanji". However, not all villagers were so easily pacified.

"They have come here four months after the riots only to get political mileage in the wake of forthcoming elections," said a few villagers on condition of anonymity.


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