Government asking us not to return home: Muzaffarnagar riot-hit LUCKNOW: Dozens of Muzaffarnagar riots survivors took to the streets here on Saturday to protest alleged attempts to pressurize them into declaring they will not return to their villages and give up claims over their properties in lieu of Rs 5 lakh compensation. "The district administration is pressurizing us to sign an affidavit, which states we will have to leave relief camps but not return to our villages after availing financial assistance," said survivor Salim Ahmad, who had come to Lucknow along over 50 others to highlight their plight. "It states we cannot make any further claims. As we are not allowed to go back to our villages after getting the compensation, it implies we will have to forgo claims over our properties that will be either taken over by those who forced us to flee or be confiscated." The riots were the worst in Uttar Pradesh in decades and killed 65 people earlier this year besides displacing 60,000 people, who live in camps in terrible conditions and continue to fear for their lives with little means of sustenance. The survivors said they had lost their livelihood as well and Rs 5 lakh compensation was inadequate. "My wife was gang-raped and our house burnt. Apart from the compensation, the government should provide us a job and house," said a tailor, who now lives in a relief camp along with his wife and two children. Another survivor said the violators of his wife, who were their neighbors, were threatening them to take the case back. "We have lost everything in the riots and have to support a family of five including two small kids," said the rape survivor. Zakir, a survivor, said besides losing his home, his two children were crippled in the riots, which cannot be compensated with money. Others complained their family members were still missing. Lawyer Asad Hayat, who has filed a PIL for CBI probe into the riots, said the government has announced compensation for families of nine villages while residents of 162 villages are living in camps. "Some are getting compensation for damage to immovable property. There is no reasonable norm of selection and distribution. Not only is the amount inadequate, several victims have yet to be identified." Rihai Manch had brought the survivors to Lucknow for a public hearing for which the permission was denied forcing the organizers to organize the protest march instead. Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey criticized the government for its failure to stop communal elements from holding panchayats, but denying permission to survivors to protest peacefully. Officials said financial assistance was being given to allow the displaced to settle anywhere. Government asking us not to return home: Muzaffarnagar riot-hit - The Times of India ***************************************** Very odd that riot victims are being persuaded not to return home. What could be the reason for this?