"The condition in camps is very bad. Children are dying there. There is need for government to help them," he told reporters after visiting five relief camps.
    
Other than the relief camps, Gandhi also visited a Jat dominated village from where the riots had started in August. 43 people are said to have been killed in the clashes.
    
Gandhi charged the SP government with not doing enough for the affected people to ensure their return and rehabilitation.
    
"A young Chief Minister is there. He should put some focus to improve the conditions in camps and do the mediation," he said.
    
Gandhi was shown black flags and his cavalcade was stopped by about 200 protesters who shouted, "Rahul Gandhi, down, down".
    
Asked about protests, Gandhi said "It is not the people but workers of SP who are angry."
    
He expressed concern over the condition of the displaced people.
     
"Two things need to be done. The first is to better the conditions in camps, the second is to set things right among people through mediation and by talking to them, Gandhi said.
    
"Wherever I went people said it was the handiwork of communal forces and that there is no enmity but brotherhood among them," Gandhi told reporters.
    
He spent almost the entire day in the area and met people from both communities.
    
"I have seen the situation prevailing here with my eyes. I met people of all communities, who were affected by the riots. Wherever I went people talked about bhaichara (brotherhood). They talked about amity from their heart," he said.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that his government was ready to act on suggestions, if any, of the Congress or any other party on rehabilitating victims of Muzzafarnagar riots.
      
Reacting to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit to relief camps and homes of the victims in Muzaffarnagar, the Chief Minister said "we are ready to work on suggestions if they want to give one. If they want to play politics it is up to them."
      
"We will act on suggestions on rehabilitation of victims, if any, of the Congress or any other political party," he told reporters here.
    
Asked whether Rahul's visit to meet riot-hit victims was an attempt to derive political mileage, Akhilesh said "I will not make political allegations. It is up to you (media) to analyse. You might know better."
    
He said the state government had given Rs five lakh to the vicitms for their rehabilitation, adding as their houses were burnt and near and dear ones were killed, they did not want to leave relief camps.

(Agencies)

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