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UP govt admits 34 children died post Muzaffarnagar riots

This was concluded by a fact-finding committee of the state government, which has contradicted chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, by saying that over 4,700 riot-affected people are still living in relief camps.

Mulayam Singh Yadav had controversially said earlier this week that there were no riot victims in the camps, only conspirators and political activists planted by the BJP and the Congress.

‘There are only displaced people in the camps,’ said AK Gupta, UP principal secretary, home, while announcing the findings of the committee.

Yadav’s comments were slammed as insensitive at a time child deaths were reported from the relief camps, where several families are surviving the bitter winter with only plastic sheets as roofs.
Media reports had said that 39 children had died in the relief camps due to poor facilities and the government’s negligence.

The government’s fact-finding committee, however, says of the 34 child deaths between 7 September and 20 December, only 10-12 took place in relief camps of which four were due to pneumonia. The committee said there was no medical negligence and that no one died of severe cold or any epidemic in the camps. But it has also recommended that the government should improve the facilities in these camps.

Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission has sought reports from UP government and the district authorities of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli on reported death of around 40 children due to extreme cold in relief camps meant for riot victims.

Muslim cleric slams SP Govt

Lucknow:
Controversial Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, founder of Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC), on Thursday accused Akhilesh Yadav as the ‘ weakest’ and ‘ failed’ CM of the state and announced that his alliance with the Samajwadi Party  could end next month. ‘’Indulgence in extravagance at Saifai Mahastov when children and others in Muzaffarnagar riot relief camps are suffering cold conditions proves the inefficiency of the government,’’ he alleged. Khan said the state government should have shown its interest in providing relief.
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