Strictest punishment for perpetrators of riots: PM

Muzaffarnagar: Perpetrators of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district will be given the strictest punishment, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today.
 
"I am here to share your pain," Singh said consoling people displaced by the violence in a refugee camp in Bassi Kalan village, 30 km from here.
 
Singh, who reached here along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, at 10.30 AM spent around half-an-hour in the camp in which members from the Muslim community have taken shelters.
 
Talking to reporters after listening to the people living in the camp, Singh termed last week's riots as a "major incident".
 
Before heading for another camp in Tawli village, the Prime Minister said that the "perpetrators of the riots will be given strictest punishment." 
 
"Our priority and efforts would be that people displaced are sent back home," he said while assuring all help to the UP government in restoring normalcy in the area.