The Union Government may have dumped the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill, 2011, but the National Commission for Minorities wants rehabilitation of the survivors of the Muzaffarnagar violence to be done as per mandated by the Bill.

“The NCM would strongly recommend speedy rehabilitation of the affected, preferably on the lines recommended under the Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, which is yet to become law, but can be used as a guideline,” said Wajahat Habibullah in his report after visiting the violence-affected areas and relief camps.

Mr. Habibullah criticised the State government for transfers of the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police within hours of the incidents at Kawaal village as “hasty and appear to have been detrimental to the law and order situation”.

The panel asked the State government to initiate measures to restore a sense of security at the local administration, which can play a major role in making migrants from the villages, who have not suffered assault or persecution, to return.

The minority panel’s report also highlighted the importance of registration of FIRs and taking strict action on those complaints to help in restoring the trust and confidence of those who left their home and villages.

All those involved in the killing and the incitement of violence from both sides must be booked and brought before the law, it said.