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Relatives of victims in J&K refuse compensation

Family members and relatives of four victims killed by police firing have refused to accept the compensation amount of Rs 5 lakh offered to them by the Centre. Tufail Ahmed Matto, 17 years old, was the first victim of the police firing on 11 June. Home ministry has accepted that the death of Matto started the spate of violence in the Valley. However in reply to a question put by Left leader Gurudas Gupta in parliament minister for state in home ministry Ajay Maken said that the state government is making all efforts to convince the family members of the victims to accept the compensation offered by the centre. Home Minister P Chidambaram on 25 September had announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of victims killed in the civil disturbance since June 2010. The others who refused compensation are family members of Imtiyaz Ahmad Malla, Anis Ahmad Dar and Suhail Ahmad Dar

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 22

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