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Gujarat govt not providing relief to riot victims: MPs

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) Several Lok Sabha members today sought Central intervention for providing relief to the 2002 Gujarat riots victims as the state government had ''failed'' to provide even civic amenities to the affected people from the minority community.

Raising the issue in the House during zero hour, Mr Ramjilal Sumar (SP) said the Gujarat government had not brought to book the people responsible for the riots, nor had it utilised the central funds for the victims.

Mr Alok Kumar Mehata (RJD) said the victims were still living in a fear psychosis and he was witness to their plight as he was part of a nine-member committee which visited the affected areas recently.

The victims were still put up in tents which had no basic facilities, he said.

Mr Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) said the riot hit people were living in inhuman conditions as the BJP government of Mr Narendra Modi was not even extending drinking water and medical facilities to them.

The Left leader demanded that the Gujarat riot victims should be extended a relief package similar to the assistance given to the people affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.

Mr Madhusudan Mistry (Cong) asked the Muslim MPs of the BJP to resign from the House in protest against the Gujarat government's failure.

Much of what these members said could not be audible in the din caused by the slogan shouting BJP MPs who were protesting against the arrest of their party President Rajnath Singh in West Bengal.

UNI SN MIR HT1405

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