Human Rights

JIH hands over 88 houses to riot victims

By Nadim Ahmad

Mzaffarnagar: Amir Jamaat-e Islami Hind (JIH) Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari inaugurated the Falah-e Aam Colony near the police station at village Parasoli in Muzaffarnagar district on 22 February. The colony has been built to rehabilitate the riot victims who lost their homes and hearth during the riots of September 2013 which occurred in and around Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat districts. During the function, the Amir handed over keys of 88 houses to riot-victim families and said that rehabilitation needs vast resources and is actually a responsibility of the government. However, if the government fails to provide or facilitate rehabilitation, the society is not relieved of its duties. That is why JIH took up this responsibility to provide some relief to a few victims. In this humble effort cooperation of the local people has been most important, he said adding that from now on the responsibility would be upon the residents to live peacefully with their new neighbours adhering to an Islamic way of life which is one of the clauses of the agreement to allow them to live in the colony. Maulana Umari said that JIH is planning many other projects for the riot-affected people not only in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli but also at other places across the country. The Amir expressed gratitude to people like Chaudhry Saheb Sigh and Shobha Ram Saini who helped their Muslim neighbours during the riots and felicitated Chaudhary Saheb Sigh who was present at the function with a shawl. Syed Umari later inaugurated a mosque at the colony. Earlier, Mr Shafi Madani, JIH secretary for social welfare informed that the colony is built on a plot of 8 bighas (two acres) and each dwelling measures between 50-60 square meters consisting of one room, one kitchen, one bathroom and a lavatory in addition to a small open space. East dwelling has cost Rs 2,60,000. The recipients are those who are still to get relief from the government. The recipients will enjoy only the dwelling rights. Any alteration requires prior permission, Moreover, the occupants have to arrange for their own electricity connection, Mr Madani said. According to the agreement signed between the allotees and JIH, the occupant has to surrender his dwelling right as soon as he receives compensation meant for the riot victims from the government. Speaking at the function, chairman of the Sardhna Nagarpalika, Asad Ghalib, praised the works of JIH and contributed Rs One lakh to its welfare fund.  One of the victims, Qadir son of Firdous of Phugana village, who has been alloted dwelling number 3 at the colony, said that they have lost everything at Phugana village. Their house still stands there but they cannot live there out of fear of being killed or looted. Qasim used to work as a painter on contract basis before the riots. Now he works as a daily wages worker and recently started working at a brick kiln. Earlier,  that he had lived at a relief camps and after that at many other places. Now he has a permanent house to live in and is very happy. He thanked God and those who have helped him get it.                        

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2015 on page no. 13

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