Muzaffarnagar riots: Scared villagers continue to move to safer areas

Thu Sep 12 2013, 10:14 hrs
Life has slowly started coming to normal in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, where over 40 people have died in the past few days. But hundreds of Muslims continue to flee their homes fearing for their lives.  Mohmmed Kadir, who lost his son and daughter-in-law in the riots, has now taken refuge in Basai village with his grandsons. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Life has slowly started coming to normal in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, where over 40 people have died in the past few days. But hundreds of Muslims continue to flee their homes fearing for their lives.
Mohmmed Kadir, who lost his son and daughter-in-law in the riots, has now taken refuge in Basai village with his grandsons. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Muzaffarnagar district was largely peaceful on Wednesday, leading to a longer relaxation of curfew in the main town, though Baghpat saw a clash in which around half-a-dozen policemen and locals were injured.  Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa at Kairana in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Muzaffarnagar district was largely peaceful on Wednesday, leading to a longer relaxation of curfew in the main town, though Baghpat saw a clash in which around half-a-dozen policemen and locals were injured.
Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa at Kairana in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
For the hundreds still fleeing their homes, there are only that many options. The selection of a destination depends on the distance from their own village, the numbers of their own, and now places where aid is being provided. Muslim families leaving their villages for a refugee camp at Kandhala in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
For the hundreds still fleeing their homes, there are only that many options. The selection of a destination depends on the distance from their own village, the numbers of their own, and now places where aid is being provided.
Muslim families leaving their villages for a refugee camp at Kandhala in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Most of the refugees are heading to Dharampur, Kandla, Basai Kalan, Khairana and Badwala. Officials say several have also moved out of the district to Meerut, Baghpat and Saharanpur. Some have even moved to Kharad and Dongar villages, where they have been promised protection by Jat elders.  Muslims leaving their villages to reach a refugee camp at Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Most of the refugees are heading to Dharampur, Kandla, Basai Kalan, Khairana and Badwala. Officials say several have also moved out of the district to Meerut, Baghpat and Saharanpur. Some have even moved to Kharad and Dongar villages, where they have been promised protection by Jat elders.
Muslims leaving their villages to reach a refugee camp at Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
For the 25,000 people who have now taken refuge in Kandla, aid is being provided by villagers. "We are being given food and water by Badrul Hassan, who runs the madrasa, and Wajid Hassan, a community leader. But there is very little space to sleep at night, and the government has made no provisions. Many of us have to sleep without any shelter, and it is especially hard for the children," said Akbar Ali, who has moved to Kandla from Lisad. Burqa-clad women at a Madarsa at Kairana where hundreds of people have taken refuge. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
For the 25,000 people who have now taken refuge in Kandla, aid is being provided by villagers. "We are being given food and water by Badrul Hassan, who runs the madrasa, and Wajid Hassan, a community leader. But there is very little space to sleep at night, and the government has made no provisions. Many of us have to sleep without any shelter, and it is especially hard for the children," said Akbar Ali, who has moved to Kandla from Lisad.
Burqa-clad women at a Madarsa at Kairana where hundreds of people have taken refuge. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Another village that has turned a refugee camp is Khairana. "We hid in the fields of Kutba for a week, and fortunately avoided any attackers. On Tuesday, we spotted a family moving to Khairana. They told us there was a large number of Muslims there, and we would be given provisions. We left our belongings behind, and are surviving on the food we are getting from the residents," said Liaqat Ali. Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa at Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Another village that has turned a refugee camp is Khairana. "We hid in the fields of Kutba for a week, and fortunately avoided any attackers. On Tuesday, we spotted a family moving to Khairana. They told us there was a large number of Muslims there, and we would be given provisions. We left our belongings behind, and are surviving on the food we are getting from the residents," said Liaqat Ali.
Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa at Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Samiullahah, who runs the madrasa in Khairana, said, "There are at least 5,000 people here from villages in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar. We have put them up in whatever building we could. There has been no support from the government yet and people in this town and surrounding villages are donating essential supplies." Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa in Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Samiullahah, who runs the madrasa in Khairana, said, "There are at least 5,000 people here from villages in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar. We have put them up in whatever building we could. There has been no support from the government yet and people in this town and surrounding villages are donating essential supplies."
Muslims at a refugee camp at a Madarsa in Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate of Muzaffarnagar, said, "We are trying to list where people have gone. Kits of essentials have been made ready but people have spread out and it is proving difficult to give aid to them all, considering the focus has to be on maintaining law and order for now."  Villagers fleeing their homes for refugee camp in Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate of Muzaffarnagar, said, "We are trying to list where people have gone. Kits of essentials have been made ready but people have spread out and it is proving difficult to give aid to them all, considering the focus has to be on maintaining law and order for now."
Villagers fleeing their homes for refugee camp in Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
After days of violence the police have now arrested several rioters across the district.  In this picture an infant sleeps at a refugee camp in Kandhala.  (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
After days of violence the police have now arrested several rioters across the district.
In this picture an infant sleeps at a refugee camp in Kandhala. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Curfew has been relaxed for four hours on Wednesday in Muzaffarnagar. "The curfew was relaxed in Muzaffarnagar city from 12.30 to 4.30 pm on Wednesday, two hours longer than Tuesday. We will keep increasing the relaxation upon review in the next few days. Within the week, we are hopeful that the curfew will be lifted totally," said Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Curfew has been relaxed for four hours on Wednesday in Muzaffarnagar. "The curfew was relaxed in Muzaffarnagar city from 12.30 to 4.30 pm on Wednesday, two hours longer than Tuesday. We will keep increasing the relaxation upon review in the next few days. Within the week, we are hopeful that the curfew will be lifted totally," said Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy finding cloths for himself in a refugee camp in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
A boy finding cloths for himself in a refugee camp in Muzaffarnagar. (IE Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
Boys walk past a police man after curfew was lifted for a few hours in Muzaffarnagar district. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Boys walk past a police man after curfew was lifted for a few hours in Muzaffarnagar district. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
An injured girl at a refugee camp in Kandhala refugee camp. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
An injured girl at a refugee camp in Kandhala refugee camp. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy looks at a burnt house in Lisad village in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). Thousands of muslims left their villages to reach the safe places after the riots. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy looks at a burnt house in Lisad village in Muzaffarnagar district (UP). Thousands of muslims left their villages to reach the safe places after the riots. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

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