New Delhi, Dec 26 IBNS | 7 months ago

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday said it has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and the District Magistrates of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts over the death of 40 children in the relief camps for riot victims.


The Commission has directed the officials to submit their reports within four weeks.

"The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that at least 40 children died in UP riot relief camps due to extreme cold. It is also reported that there were not enough blankets for the inmates of these camps resulting in the death of infants and young children in Malakpur, Suniti, etc. in Shamli district and Loi, Joula, etc. in Muzaffarnagar district," the Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

"The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of infants and children and issued the notices to the Chief Secretary and District Magistrates of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh calling for a report within four week," it said.

"Reportedly, the tents are set up with three sheets of tarpaulin that makes the walls and no cover for the entrance, therefore, some blankets are to be tied together to cover the entrance. Most of the dead children were below 5 years age," read the statement.

(Posted on 26-12-2013)