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Hurriyat accuses govt of ignoring quake-hit Uri sector
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October 18, 2005 21:24 IST

The moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Tuesday accused the Jammu and Kashmir [Images] government of not sending relief to quake victims in remote areas of the worst-hit Uri sector.

"The affected people of the hilly areas of Uri have not received any relief worth mentioning and victims were spending nights in the open for the last 10 days," Ghulam [Images] Mohammad Bhat, a representative of Hurriyat, who returned to Srinagar [Images] after supervising relief operations in Uri, said.

Bhat said the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was cut off from Jula, 8 km short of Kaman post, the last territory on the Indian side of the road, and only one machine was working to remove the boulders.

However, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Taj Mohiuddin, who is stationed at Uri and monitoring relief measures since last week, Tuesday distributed blankets, sweaters, shawls, eatables and other essential commodities to the quake affected people of Bagnah and Noorkha village of Uri area.

The All India Congress Committee has provided this relief material for the affected people, Taj said. Taj said he, along with with a team of army officials, surveyed 10 inaccessible villages of the area and assessed the loss of life and property in the areas, including Aroosa, Ishan, Gwattam, Nawarundha, Dardkote, Dulanga, Shadra and Kamalkote.

The minister asked the army authorities to airdrop food articles in the areas, which remained cut off due to damage to roads because of recent rains.

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