Sonia Gandhi meets riot victims in Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar, Sep 16 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi interacted with the riot-affected victims in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar city on Monday.

Gandhi was seen talking to the women, who expressed their concerns to her post the violence, which has claimed over 40 lives.

Gandhi consoled the women, who looked quite satisfied with the gesture shown by her.

Gandhi, who arrived here with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to make an on the spot assessment of the situation post the violence, will also be visiting the hospitals along with the two leaders to meet those injured and presently undergoing treatment.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh, who had earlier said the Centre is closely monitoring the situation in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, is also accompanying the three leaders.

The Prime Minister had earlier talked to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and condemned the violence.

Expressing his grief and shock over the loss of innocent lives, Dr. Singh had assured the Chief Minister that the Centre will extend all required assistance to the state government in tackling the situation.

Akhilesh, who visited the violence affected areas yesterday, assured people that strict action will be taken against those responsible for the disturbances.

He also said that one family member of those killed would be given a government job.

The Chief Minister has already sanctioned 10 lakh rupees of relief for the families of those killed.

Meanwhile, the situation in the affected areas of the state is limping back to normal. No incident of violence was reported yesterday when day curfew was relaxed.

Scores of senior officials, including Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Arun Kumar and others, are constantly camping in trouble-hit Muzaffarnagar.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence.

The commission, which would mainly look into administrative lapses, if any, in controlling the violence, would submit its report to the government within two months.

Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar earlier this month when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community. (ANI)

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