On 4th January, a team of officials from Baghpat visited the Malakpur camp and appealed the victims to return to their native villages. But the victims have refused to leave the camp owing to fear, they said.
    
"We have appealed them to shift to safer places due to biting cold," Shamli District Magistrate PK Singh said.
    
Singh denied that authorities were forcefully trying to vacate the camp.
    
About 250 displaced families were residing in the camp.
    
District authorities have assured security to the victims if they returned to their native village Wajidpur, Superintendent of Police (SP) Baghpat, J K Shahi, told reporters.
    
“But they refused to leave the camp. The team has returned,” he added.
    
Meanwhile, Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind of Delhi Hakimuddin alleged that the district authorities are trying to vacate the camp without arranging any alternative place.

(Agencies)

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