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Rehabilitate Muzaffarnagar victims immediately: Jamia teachers
Saturday January 11, 2014 10:24 AM, IANS

The Jamia Teachers' Association (JTA) Friday accused the Uttar Pradesh and union governments of playing blame games instead of providing relief to the victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots.

The teachers' association also demanded immediate rehabilitation of those displaced after the riots of September in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh.

"We take serious exception to the politicisation of the miseries and the deplorable conditions of innocent victims of the Muzaffarnagar communal carnage," said the JTA in a statement.

"Instead of finding permanent and dignified solutions to their miseries and ensure safe resettlement at their native places, the state and the central governments have remained busy in playing blame games," the statement said.

"On the one hand, the victims have been living in dehumanising conditions and the state government is spending public money in organising so-called cultural carnivals".

The association demanded "immediate end to the miseries of the victims" by providing them "permanent and immediate resettlement with full security of life and property."

"We appeal to all political parties to desist from making political capital out of a human tragedy," the teachers' association said.

In communal riots that broke out in September 2013, about 60 people died and nearly 50,000 people, mostly Muslims, fled their homes in fear. At least 40 children died after bitter cold set in with winter, as the flimsy tents the displaced lived in provided little protection.

The Uttar Pradesh government also faced flak for organising the fortnight-long Saifai Mahotsav, an extravaganza that the government said was an annual event to promote tourism, at Saifai in Etawah district, the native village of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Saifai is about 300 km from the site of some of the relief camps for the riots-displaced in Muzaffarnagar district.

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