All efforts are being made to curtail the violence and provide relief to families affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots, the UP government told the Supreme Court on Monday.

The Centre also told the bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam that 78 companies of Centre Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed in the riot-hit areas.

The Centre also informed the court that Rs. 2 lakh assistance would be given to the families of deceased under Prime Minister Relief Scheme, in addition to Rs. 10 lakh assistance announced by the state government.

Giving details of the ground situation, the Centre in its response, said that as per the state government’s reply, 44 people were killed and 97 injured in the violence-hit areas and 2,462 people have so far been arrested.

It said that 41,829 people are stranded in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed the UP government to take immediate steps in association with the Centre to bring under control the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and ensure safe passage to people stranded in the conflict zone.