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2002 Gujarat riots: Missing persons to be declared dead

india Updated: Feb 28, 2009 14:11 IST

Those who are missing since the 2002 post Godhra communal riots in Gujarat are soon to be declared dead by the authorities with the expiry of seven years' stipulated time.

As a result, official death figure of 2002 riots will go up from 952 to 1180, as 228 persons, who are missing will be presumed to be dead after seven years.

As per the law, any person, who is missing for seven years, is declared dead after the stipulated period.

"We have prepared a list of missing people and sent it to the revenue department, which would declare the missing persons as dead," Additional Chief Secretary(Home) Balwant Singh told PTI.

The State Revenue Department would send the details to the district collectorates for the subsequent process.

Meanwhile, Ahmedabad collector Harit Shukla said the final list of missing people from the police is awaited.

"Once we have the list, we will start the process of declaring them as dead, inform the civic authorities to prepare their death certificate and subsequently, compensation claims will be processed," he added.