Muzaffarnagar riots can be called the worst ever riot next to Gujarat carnage of 2002. Over 60 people were killed and 50000 displaced. The women belonging to the minority community were victimized through brutal rapes. People were compelled to live in the camps in chilling cold. The victims faced physical, mental and social trauma. In the riots the children’s education got effected very badly. The victims were desperately in need for the support.
In that scenario Siasat editor Mr. Zahed Ali Khan came forward to help the riot victims. He established two schools where 490 students study today. Women and girls were provided vocational training.
It is said that this was the 3rd generation of poor Muslims working in the sugarcane fields of Jats as bounded labour. Although Muslims suffered a heavy loss during the riots but they got freedom from Jats.
A delegation comprises of Mr. Iftekhar Husain Secretary Faiz-e-Aam Trust, Mr. Rizwan Hyder (trustee), Dr. Moin Ansari and Managing editor Siasat Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, led by Siasat editor Mr. Zahed Ali Khan visited Jogia Kheda, Muzaffarnagar Nagar and reviewed the performance of schools. It was learnt that Muslims residing in surrounding villages also appeal to establish school in their areas. Mr. Zahed Ali Khan also laid the foundation stone of a 3-storied building on the land of Jogia Kheda Pradhan Iqbal Khan. Mr. Zahed Ali Khan lauded local Pradhan Iqbal Khan for this humanitarian gesture. Mr. Zahed Ali Khan, Mr. Iftekhar Husain and Dr. Moin Ansari expressed happiness over the announcement made by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to open a school for children of riot victims of Muzaffarnagar with an amount of Rs 51 lakh contributed by AMU for Muzaffarnagar riot victims.