Karat meets Akhilesh, says urgent need for facilities at camps
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CPM general secretary Prakash Karat Tuesday met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow demanding improvement of facilities at the relief camps for the riot-hit victims in Muzaffarnagar, a day after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav stoked up a controversy claiming that those residing in camps are not riot victims.
"We had talks regarding the relief camps... there is an urgent need for facilities at these camps. Something has to be done," Karat said after the meeting at Akhilesh's official residence.
He said the CPM has informed the CM about the status of relief camps.
"Those living in relief camps are riot victims. I have visited the camps and they are in a pathetic state. Why will any outsider live in such filthy conditions in relief camps," former CPM MP Subhashini Ali, who accompanied Karat, said when asked to react on Mulayam's statement.
Ali said several issues were raised before CM —- the topmost being about the people missing after the riots. "We urged him to consider these missing people as dead and provide them compensation. An affidavit can be taken from them declaring that their family member is dead," Ali said.
She said Akhilesh agreed to their suggestion. A similar pattern has been adopted in Uttrakhand for providing relief after the natural calamity, she said.
Citing the example of Sajid, 13, who was in Jaula camp in Muzaffarnagar, Ali said, "Sajid's parents, Azharuddin and Amino were burnt alive in Lisad village. Their bodies remain untraceable. He is an orphan and should get the compensation,"