Who betrayed the victims of Gujarat 2002?

Who is responsible for the wastage of the sanctioned package for Gujarat riot victims -- the Congress-led Government at the Centre or Narendra Modi or coma-affected leadership of the Muslim community?

In 2007, the Central government had announced an additional relief and rehabilitation package for the victims of the 2002 riots on the lines of the package given to the anti-Sikh riots victims of 1984. Through this package, Rs 3.50 lakh were given to the families of the persons killed, Rs 1.25 lakh to the injured persons in addition to Rs 2 lakh for each displaced family.

But in case of Gujarat, the above package covered only 1148 families of deceased and 2569 persons who where injured during the riots.

In this way, a huge number of families of the deceased were deprived of relief and about 80 thousand families which suffered displacement during the riots were completely deprived of the additional help announced for each displaced. There is a clear indication that either the central government curtailed the package or the major portion of package has been embezzled at some level.

We have sent many representations to the central government and Government of Gujarat as well. But as yet we have received no response. So now we reiterate our demand for justice and ask the Muslim community and the nation to take the lead in this matter. We want to make it clear that we do not believe in dharna and pardarshan or any type of similar agitation tactics. Rather, we stress to awaken the conscience of the community and the nation sympathetically.

Iqbal Qureshi, President, Muslim Forum for National Integration
81/107, Coolie Bazar, Kanpur Nagar 208001. Tel; 08799116394

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2012 on page no. 2

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