Muzaffarnagar, Sept 16 IBNS | 2 years ago

Muzaffarnagar riots gave a stormy beginning to the Monsoon Session of Uttar Pradesh assembly on Monday with the opposition, including Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), attacking the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government for its alleged negligence and failure to control law and order situation of the state.

The BSP even staged a walkout from the assembly amid heavy slogan chanting.

In New Delhi, the Congress-led central government on Monday filed an affidavit in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots.

In its affidevit, the Centre said till Sept 13, as many as 44 people lost their lives in the violence and 97 others were injured.

The Centre said it had deployed 78 companies of paramilitary forces in the district, while 2462 people have been arrested so far.

The government informed the apex court that an amount of Rs. 2 lakh was given as compensation to the relatives of those dead, and Rs. 50,000 was extended to those critically injured.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited the riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

Union Minister of State for Home RPN Singh also accompanied them.

On reaching Muzaffarnagar, Singh, Sonia and Rahul headed for the relief camp at Bassi Kalan.

At the camp, Singh spoke to elderly men, Sonia interacted with elderly women, while Rahul met the youth, said party sources.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slammed the trio over their visit.

"This is nothing but secular tourism over communal riots. The dead will not come back by this tourism," Naqvi told reporters.

(Posted on 17-09-2013)