New Delhi, Sept. 16: A delegation of minority community leaders met Manmohan Singh this evening with a request to ensure immediate rehabilitation of the Muzaffarnagar clash victims.
The meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence followed a visit earlier in the day to Muzaffarnagar by Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul.
“We requested him (Singh) to take immediate measures so that hundreds of villagers who have been displaced and have been living in 23 makeshift camps in the district are rehabilitated soon. He gave us a patient hearing and assured all help,” said Zafarul-Islam Khan, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat.
Others in the 15-member delegation included members of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
Khan said the team had told Singh that “political parties in the state are fanning communal passions to polarise voters ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections”.
The delegation also pressed for quick passage of an anti-riot bill with more amendments.
A team from National Commission for Minorities led by chairperson Wajahat Habibullah will visit Muzaffarnagar tomorrow.
“We will prepare a report and take up the issue of rehabilitation with the Centre as well the Uttar Pradesh government. It is a matter of grave concern that so many people have fled and the administration failed to provide safety,” Habibullah said this evening.