UP govt acts tough on riot-hit, registers cases

Evicted victims who set up tents face land grab charge

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

Officers said four cases have been registered against over 100 displaced victims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. They have been charged with grabbing government land.

A large number of tents had been erected by the victims on land belonging to state forest and revenue departments.

The government had earlier warned the camp inmates that they would be proceeded against if they do not vacate the properties.

State chief secretary Javed Usmani had earlier said some people were misleading the inmates that they would get compensation or the land on which they had pitched their tents if they continue to live.

“The camps are on government land. They cannot be given to the inmates,” he had said.

Meanwhile, reports said that 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 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 ago removed a large number of tents at the Loi relief camp with the help of bulldozers.

The district officers had said that only those tents in which people, who had already got compensation, had been removed.

Faces ire

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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