Visit to Muzaffarnagar Relief Camps

 A team of leaders & activists of CPI(ML), AISA & JNUSU visited Muzaffarnagar relief camps on 28-29 December and distributed relief materials including 1000 blankets. The team visited two camps and two madrassas. The first was a madrassa at Hussainpur which sheltered 15 families from Mohammadpur, 10 from Kheragani & 5 from Bhorkala. At Budhana camp, about 500 people living in deplorable conditions as they didn’t even have tents put up for them. They were all huddled in single large tent which was clearly insufficient to in habitat all of them. At the next madrassa, around 300 blankets were distributed. The last visit was to relief camp Jaula camp of around 3000 people. The victims at this camp belong to the worst affected areas of Fugana, Kutba, Lisadh etc. At this camp, small tents have been put up, small enough to force few family members out in the freezing cold. Then we hear insensitive bureaucrats saying (among many other things) “children [in the camps] have died of pneumonia, not of cold. Nobody can die of cold. If people died of cold, nobody would have been alive in Siberia.”

This was the first dispatch of the collected relief material. Soon a team would leave for a second round in the first week of January. The team comprised of JNUSU VP Anubhuti, Jt.Secy. Sarfaraj; Abhishek, AISA activist; DU AISA Secretary Harsh, VP Prerna; Jamia AISA Secretary Farhan, Comrades Prashant, Pradeep from Meerut, Alam from Bareily. The team was accompanied by Comrades Prem Singh Gehlawat (Party’s Haryana incharge and Aslam of RYA.