The Supreme Court on Monday sought a reply from Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL by Jat Sabha that has sought CBI inquiry into the Muzaffarnagar communal violence. The PIL has accused the state government of acting with bias for one of the communities involved in the violence.
The Supreme Court is hearing various petitions relating to communal clashes that had broken out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of western UP on September 7 that killed 61 persons.
Earlier, the state government had informed the court that over 41,000 persons, out of 50,955 who had taken shelter in 58 relief camps in riots-hit Muzaffarnagar area, have gone back to their native places.
The status report, filed by Divisional Commissioner of Saharanpur, however, has admitted that nearly 10,000 persons are still living in 10 operational camps and the residents of six riots-hit villages of Muzaffarnagar "have not agreed to return to their native villages even after confidence building measures and serious persuasion."
"Their decision was found to be justified largely based on the fear emanating from the kind of incidents that broke out on 7-8 September," it has said, adding the state government has decided to pay the families, reluctant to go back, Rs 5 lakh per family for "resettlement and rehabilitation". (With PTI inputs)