Over 460 riot-hit families left for “safer places” on Tuesday

Hounded by the biting cold and pleas by senior district officials, as many as 483 riot-hit families camping in Loi village left for “safer places” on Tuesday.

There are no more relief camps left in the Muzaffarnagar district, while neighbouring Shamli has four camps.

District Magistrate Koshal Raj Sharma, who was camping in Loi village since the morning, said: “Four hundred and twenty families were shifted during the day, while the remaining 63 left in evening for safer places.”

The departing families were provided with ration for 10 days. They will also be given medical facilities and security, he added.

Uttar Pradesh Health Department Principal Secretary Paveen Kumar also visited the camp on Tuesday. Mr. Kumar also visited the four Shamli camps to check the arrangement of medical facilities there.

There were more than 510 families living in the Loi camp after the riots broke out in August.

According to a high-level committee constituted by the Uttar Pradesh Government, at least 34 children below the age of 12 years perished in the relief camps in both Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts.

The Union Home Ministry has asked the State about the number of children who have died so far at the relief camps in western Uttar Pradesh, the reasons for their deaths and steps taken to prevent further casualties.

Over 60 people were killed and thousands left homeless during the riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas.