After Loi, UP govt moves to get camps in Shamli vacated

A day after vacating the Loi relief camp in Muzaffarnagar, the UP government Wednesday increased pressure on riot victims in relief camps in Shamli district. While charges of encroachment were slapped on 100 families living in a camp in Mansoora village, police intensified pressure to empty Bhora camp.

The move prompted senior BSP leaders to make an appearances in camps and criticise both the state and Centre on the management of riot victims.

Tehsildar Thakur Prasad lodged complaints against families living in Mansoora village under Jhinjhana police station, Sub-Divisional Magistrate S K Singh said. Prasad, in his complaint, alleged that the families had been camping on the land since the riots and had built brick cottages there. In another case, the forest department sent notices to 270 families, asking them to vacate the land in Roten village in the district.

Since September, the UP government has slapped similar charges in Malakpur and Sanjhak camps that came up in the wake of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.

In Bhora village, where 50 odd families have been staying, local police officials surrounded the camp at 11 am, asking people to vacate by afternoon. But protesting villagers forced the police to retreat.

Meanwhile, a two-year-old girl died at Manna Majra camp on Tuesday. "No doctor has visited the camp and we had no money to take her to hospital. My daughter was wheezing in the cold and I could not do anything to help her. She died in my arms at around 1 am," the victim's father Momeen said.

Senior BSP leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui visited camps, including the recently vacated one in Loi, on Wednesday. Locals said Siddiqui brought blankets for people and criticised the SP government as well as the UPA for the riots. "If we had been in power, we would never have allowed the riots to happen. The SP government has failed you. And what has the UPA government done? If the UPA wanted... Rahul Gandhi could have done much more for you," Siddiqui said at the Malakpur relief camp in Shamli.

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