Press Release New Delhi 4/10/2013
Popular Front General Secretary O. M. A. Salam informed that the organization has concluded the first phase of its Muzaffarnagar relief project.
Popular Front members have been busy in Muzaffarnagar with their relief activities ever since the break out of the bloody violence that claimed many innocent lives and left thousands homeless.
Popular Front had earlier set up three working groups to attend different tasks:
Relief Distribution Team,
Village Survey Team and
Legal Aid Team.
Out of 38 villages identified by the Survey Team where riot victims are temporarily sheltered, the relief kits were distributed to 3000 deserving families in the following 16 villages
In view of the forthcoming winter season, two blankets are included in each kit along with essential household utensils.
Responding to the complaints of mothers about non-availability of milk, 500 grams milk powder packets will also distributed among 3000 families during this week.
It is planned to cover the distribution of kits in remaining villages also in coming days. The work is being coordinated from the Relief Committee Office functioning in Nangla village from 16th September onwards.
Along with distribution relief materials, collecting details of the riot-affected people and identifying the requirements of legal assistance were also being attended by the volunteers in the above 16 villages. This survey in the remaining 22 villages is also going on.
A Legal Aid Team consisting of 21 members with practicing lawyers, activists and law students has also been formed to provide legal aid to the victims for fight their cases. A Legal Aid Centre is constituted in Muzaffarnagar city to coordinate the cases. So far, many complaints are filed with the help of this team, The team could locate victims of five gang-rapes and assistance is being rendered to file cases. These victims were not ready to lodge complaint till the women lawyer in the team convinced them and took their statement.
The survey details collected directly from the riot-affected families will be published once the process is completed.