Deaths at relief camps: No one could die of cold, says UP official

CampsA high-level official panel had also said that riot affected people are still living in relief camps where at least 34 children below 12 years had also died. (PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday criticised UP Principal Secretary (Home) A K Gupta for his remark that "no one died of cold" in Muzaffarnagar relief camps, saying the bureaucrat should be sent out in the cold with lesser clothes.

"Can't die of the cold!!!! Send him out in a few less clothes and let's see if he isn't singing a different tune pretty damn quick," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com, without naming Gupta.

The bureaucrat, while defending the death toll in the relief camps for the riot victims of Muzaffarnagar, had on Thursday said that no one could die of the cold.

"Children have died of pneumonia, not of cold. Nobody can die of cold. If people died of cold, nobody would have been alive in Siberia," Gupta had said.

A high-level official panel had also said that 4,783 displaced people were still living in relief camps for riot- hit victims in Muzaffarnagar where at least 34 children below 12 years staying there had also died.

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