Riot victims booked for grabbing land

UP govt evicts displaced people; search on for new camp sites

As the Uttar Pradesh government hardened its stand on the displaced riot victims who had refused to leave the relief camps, by registering cases against them, the evicted displaced victims continued to keep the officials on tenterhooks by erecting tents elsewhere.

According to the officials, four cases have been registered against over 100 displaced riot victims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. The victims have been charged with grabbing government land.

A large number of tents had been erected by the displaced riot victims at lands owned by the state forest department and revenue department. The government had earlier warned the relief camp inmates that they would be proceeded against if they did not vacate the properties.

State Chief Secretary Javed Usmani had earlier said that some people were misleading the inmates that they would get compensation or the land on which they had pitched their tents if they continued to live. “The camps are on government lands...they cannot be given to the inmates,” he had said.

Meanwhile according to reports, the riot victims, who were evicted from relief camps at Loi, Kandhla and other places had pitched tents at other places much to the discomfort of the administration in Muzaffarnagar district.

Reports said that a large number of displaced riot victims had pitched tents at Sanjhak in the district after being evicted from Loi. Many other victims had erected tents at places not very far from the land from where they had been evicted.

The administration had a few days back removed a large number of tents at the Loi relief camp with the help of bulldozers.

The district officials had said that only those tents, in which the people who had already received compensation were living, had been removed.

The government action continued to invite the ire of the Muslim groups. The Ulema Council, a Muslim organisation, on Friday held demonstrations at Azamgarh to protest the “forced eviction” of the displaced riot victims.

As many as 62 people were killed and over 100 injured in the communal violence that had rocked the district in September this year.

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