‘’No efforts will be spared to provide all possible help to the riot victims and the Centre will give every assistance to the UP government in this regard,’’ the Prime Minister said while interacting with the survivors of the riots.
Dr Manmohan Singh earlier inspected the relief camp of district administration in Basikala village under Shahpur police station, about 20 kms from the district headquarters of Muzaffarnagar.
The Prime Minister also announced Rs 10 lakhs help to the family of a news channel scribe who was killed while covering the violence.
The cavalcade of Dr Manhoman Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh, Governor B L Joshi and state health minister Ahmad Hassan reached the Islamiya Madarsa, a relief camp of the district administration, in Basikala village at 1024 hours.
Security was stepped up for the VVIP visit.
The outbreak of communal violence in Muzzafarnagar and adjoining districts had claimed at least 48 lives and led to the imposition of curfew in three police station areas since September 7.
Dr Manmohan Singh interacted with the victims and was apprised of the relief measures by the officials present there.
‘’I have come here to share your grief and assure every assistance to those who were either injured, lost their kins or displaced,’’ the PM said.
He pointed out that the rehabilitation of those who had been displaced in the riots was top priority of the government. Security and safety of the citizens always remained duty of any government and’’ we will do it with the best of our resources and capability,’’ he added, assuring the UP government to provide all Central help which was sought in this regard..
The PM also appealed to the people to keep calm in this hour of crisis in order to maintain communal harmony. Rahul Gandhi also interacted with the victims in the relief camps and said the Centre in association with the state government would make every possible effort to help the affected people and ensure their rehabilitation.
Mr Gandhi breached his security cordon on more than one occasion to reach out to the people who narrated their woes to him and received some applications as well.
The PM along with Ms Sonia Gandhi and state Governor also visited the house of IBN-7 scribe Rajesh Verma and extended his sympathies to the bereaved family. He announced a monetary assistance of Rs 10 lakhs for the grief-stricken family.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had visited the riot-hit district yesterday.