Muzaffarnagar riot victims flee homes

Sat Sep 28 2013, 14:58 hrs
Three weeks after they fled rioters and sought refuge at a temporary camp in neighbouring Shamli district, Muslims from 40 villages of Muzaffarnagar have been collectively booked by an arm of the UP government for encroaching on forest land.  Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Three weeks after they fled rioters and sought refuge at a temporary camp in neighbouring Shamli district, Muslims from 40 villages of Muzaffarnagar have been collectively booked by an arm of the UP government for encroaching on forest land.
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
By the government's own admission, some 10,000 Muslims are still at Malakpur, the largest relief camp for the riot-hit.  Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
By the government's own admission, some 10,000 Muslims are still at Malakpur, the largest relief camp for the riot-hit.
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
The FIR has been filed by Narender Kumar, regional forest officer, Kairana range, Shamli district, under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Forest Act against "sharanarthi Muslim samudaay ke log, naam, pataa agyaat, hazaaron ki sankhya mein". Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
The FIR has been filed by Narender Kumar, regional forest officer, Kairana range, Shamli district, under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Forest Act against "sharanarthi Muslim samudaay ke log, naam, pataa agyaat, hazaaron ki sankhya mein".
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
The FIR mentions how unidentified people have encroached on forest land and chopped trees: "agyaat mujliman dwara van vibhag ki bhoomi par atikraman kar... per kaatna..."  Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
The FIR mentions how unidentified people have encroached on forest land and chopped trees: "agyaat mujliman dwara van vibhag ki bhoomi par atikraman kar... per kaatna..."
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
When his comments were sought, Shamli SP A K Rai said the FIR had been registered "as per rules", but said no action would be taken against people who have sought refuge under tarpaulin sheets on this land.  Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
When his comments were sought, Shamli SP A K Rai said the FIR had been registered "as per rules", but said no action would be taken against people who have sought refuge under tarpaulin sheets on this land.
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
"Everyone understands that this is not permanent encroachment. We had to register the FIR because the forest department said their land had been used by these people. But we know these are displaced people and are seeking shelter. At the same time, this cannot be a permanent arrangement. But we are not taking any action till the situation stabilises," Rai said.  A child finding his books from his house in a village after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
"Everyone understands that this is not permanent encroachment. We had to register the FIR because the forest department said their land had been used by these people. But we know these are displaced people and are seeking shelter. At the same time, this cannot be a permanent arrangement. But we are not taking any action till the situation stabilises," Rai said.
A child finding his books from his house in a village after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Villagers leaving their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
A truck full of people leave their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
A truck full of people leave their homes after the communal riots in a village in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
An order has been issued by the Uttar Pradesh government to provide government jobs to the kin of those killed during riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas, an official spokesman said. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
An order has been issued by the Uttar Pradesh government to provide government jobs to the kin of those killed during riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas, an official spokesman said. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"Implementing the announcement made by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on September 15 that kin of those killed in riots will be given government job according to their qualification an order has been issued," official spokesman said.  A young boy on a cycle at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
"Implementing the announcement made by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on September 15 that kin of those killed in riots will be given government job according to their qualification an order has been issued," official spokesman said.
A young boy on a cycle at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
The spokesman said that 62 people were killed in the violence of which five remain unidentified.  A horse carries food for the victims at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
The spokesman said that 62 people were killed in the violence of which five remain unidentified.
A horse carries food for the victims at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Official spokesman said that in one case age of kin of a victim was less than 18 years and he would be accommodated after attaining the legal age. Makeshift toilet at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Official spokesman said that in one case age of kin of a victim was less than 18 years and he would be accommodated after attaining the legal age. Makeshift toilet at the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Official spokesman said that as per the proposal received by Divisional Commissioner Saharanpur seven persons would be given job in group C. A woman prays in the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)
Official spokesman said that as per the proposal received by Divisional Commissioner Saharanpur seven persons would be given job in group C. A woman prays in the relief camp. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)

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