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Bijnor riots: Muslim leaders blame UP government, demand higher compensation

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New Delhi: A delegation of Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat that visited the survivors of the communal attack in Bijnor has alleged that the government is trying to shield the culprits. The Mushawarat delegation visited the riot affected areas under the leadership of its head Naved Hamid.

Hamid said that the attack on the innocent villagers was very well planned and went on to add that Muslim families were attacked on flimsy grounds. These attackers not just attacked poor Muslim houses and rained bullets on them, but killed four people in cold blooded manner and injured as many as 18 people. These people are being treated for their wounds in different hospitals in Meerut and Delhi. He said that even a year old girl is also among the people who were grievously injured. At least two other young kids were injured in the attacks by the rioters.

Mujtaba Farooq, former president of Welfare Party of India said that the state government is trying to make the whole incident look small.  He said that this is the reason that the compensation amount of Rs 20 lakh was given to the relatives of the people who lost their lives and Rs 5 lakh to the grievously injured people.

bijnor-riotsFarooq went on to add that while four people have been arrested, but the acts under which these people have been arrested are very week and these people may be released quite easily.

The people who were attacked were poor and mostly farm labors and no one had any kind of threat from such people. Now the affected people are scared and have demanded arm licenses to save them and their families and such incidents cannot be ruled out in the future.

Naved Hamid says that the village that was attacked has Jat majority villages in all the four sides and the attack was perpetrated by them. Hamid said that one of the persons who fired on the unarmed Muslims included a policeman too.

Mushawarat has demanded that the compensation amount should be raised to Rs 50 lakh, their survivors are provided with government jobs and arm license be provided to them for safety reasons. Mushawarat has also demanded tough action against the killer rioters under stringent act of 302 and an impartial inquiry by CBCID. (Translated from Inquilab)

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