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Varanasi: UP minister manhandles boy

Varanasi, Dec 30 : In an embarrassment to the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh, state Public Works and Irrigation Minister Surendra Singh Patel was on Monday caught on camera manhandling a boy in Varanasi.


TV footage showed Patel pushing the boy during a blanket distribution programme in Varanasi.

This comes after Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary for Home Anil Gupta on Friday sparked a controversy by saying nobody can die of cold, while reacting to children dying at Muzaffarnagar and Shamli relief camps.

"The children at relief camps died of pneumonia, not of cold. Nobody dies of cold," said Gupta.

"If people could die of cold, there would have been nobody alive in Siberia," he said.

The Uttar Pradesh government has confirmed that 34 children have died of cold so far at Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in the relief camps for riot victims.

However, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the toll is at 40.

Earlier, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav created a controversy by saying that the Muzaffarnagar riots victims are Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters.

"The people in the camps should not be called victims. They are conspirators and supporters of Congress and BJP," said Yadav.

--IBNS (Posted on 30-12-2013)

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