NHRC accused Assam govt not taking adequate steps for riot victims.

NHRCNew Delhi: On Tuesday, National Human Rights Commission accused the Assam government of not taking adequate steps for rehabilitation of riot victims of Kokrajhar and other places, saying most of them have not got economic assistance and were living in overcrowded camps.

In a statement, the rights body made public the findings of its four-member team which visited riot hit Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts from August 6 to 9 and submitted a report, which talked about problems in food supply and unhygienic conditions.

The statement said quoting from the report “All the relief camps were by and large over crowded. There was a wide difference in the actual and official figures of total inmates at the relief camps. This is creating problems in proper supply of food, ration and other amenities.

“Security was a principal concern and the inmates feared returning to their villages. It was also observed that there was no information on the exact number of deaths as well as disbursement of the amount to the next of kin of the deceased.”

The NHRC noted that the state government allocated Rs 1,000 (Rs 500 for clothes and Rs 500 for buying utensils) to each family but during the interaction with inmates in camps, it was found that many families had not received any monetary assistance.

The NHRC has now asked Assam Chief Secretary to submit a response on the findings of the NHRC team in 8 weeks and identify the total number of people still staying in various camps and whether any Commission of Inquiry has been constituted by the state thus far.


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