J BALAJI, dEC 26, 2013, tHE hINDU

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and the District Magistrates of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, seeking reports within four weeks, on the death of 40 children, all below five years of age, in the relief camps for the riot victims.

The Commission was acting suo motu, based on the media reports, which stated there were not enough blankets for the inmates of such camps resulting in the death of infants and young children in Malakpur and Suniti in Shamli district and Loi and Joula in Muzaffarnagar district.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights of the infants and the children.

Reportedly, the tents were set up with three sheets of tarpaulin that makes the walls and no cover for the entrance, therefore, some blankets are to be tied together to cover the entrance.