Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar

Updated: September 16, 2013 11:02 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi visited riot-torn Muzaffarnagar on Monday.

Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
At their first stop, a relief camp, hundreds of villagers begged for help as the Rahul Gandhi reached out to them.
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
Sonia Gandhi even crossed the security barricade to speak to the women in the camps.
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
'We will ensure the safety of those affected by the riots and promise toughest action against the rioters,' the PM said.
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
Villagers handed over letters to the leaders. One - a man - told them, 'When VIPs visit, they arrive surrounded by security. Why didn't the police arrive to help us when we needed it?'
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
The PM said the Congress leaders wanted to share the sorrow and pain of the area.
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
'I saw my wife and child butchered in front of me,' wept Jameel to the PM at a relief camp in Bassi Kalan.
Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
Many of the families said they wanted to return to their villages to get their belongings, and asked the PM for help.

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