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PM for aid to Mumbai riots victims

Manmohan Singh has promised to look into the demand for a compensation package for the victims of 1992-93 riots in the city.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2007 15:24 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised to look into the demand for a compensation package for the victims of 1992-93 riots in the city on the lines of the relief provided to those affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

This was stated by former Maharashtra Minister Naseem Khan, who met Singh in Mumbai last night.

"The Prime Minister has assured us that he will look into the issue," the Congress leader said on Friday.

"I handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister on behalf of a delegation, stating that affected families who had lost their near and dear ones in the Mumbai riots should be given compensation as was done in case of the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi," he said.

"Till date, there has been no movement to provide succour to the families of the riot victims," Khan, Congress MLA from Central Mumbai, noted.

He said steps taken by Maharashtra's Congress-NCP Government like setting up special courts to deal with riot cases would help deliver justice to the victims.

"Action should be taken against all those indicted by the Srikrishna Commission," he added.

Over 900 people were killed in the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots in the financial capital in December 1992- January 1993.

The commission, which submitted its report in 1998, has indicted several politicians and 31 police officials for the communal violence.