Rahul meets Muzaffarnagar riot victims

Muzaffarnagar, Dec 22 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday went to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh to meet riot victims at relief camps set up by the government and urged them to return home.

According to reports, he urged the victims to return home saying that those who create communal riots want them to remain at the camps for their own benefits.

Rahul was accompanied by Minister of State for Home RPN Singh and AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry.

The Congress number 2 began his visit by meeting victims at the Malakpur relief camp in Shamli district. Later, he also held interactions at nearby Khurgan and Barnavi camps, reports said.

He is likely to visit several more camps.

During the interaction, some victims, however, told him that they do not want to go back to their homes as they fear they would be attacked again.

Communal riots tore Muzaffarnagar in September this year, leaving nearly 60 people dead and close to 40,000 homeless.

The violence was triggered when a young Muslim man was killed allegedly by Hindus for reportedly sexually harassing a woman.

With the spreading of the riots, thousands of people fled their homes and crowded relief camps where living conditions are poor and winter worsened the situation. Nearly 4000 of them have refused to return home fearing more violence.

--IBNS (Posted on 23-12-2013)

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