THE STATE Minorities Commission has asked district administration to remove SDM Kaushal Bansal as officer in charge of compensation disbursement to 1984 riot victims.
In a letter sent to District Collector Vivek Aggarwal, commission member P S Anand has charged Bansal and Amrik Singh, the self styled secretary of relief and rehabilitation committee for the riot-affected, with obstructing the disbursement of compensation to the victims and using abusive language against those who line up outside the SDM’s office to claim the damages.
“Their (Amrik and Bansal) role is dubious and a matter of concern for the Sikh community”, the missive remarked. The letter said that the Commission had received several complaints against the two at the camp it organised for the victims in Indore on November 28-29. The victims who had come to the camp with complaints included the office-bearers of Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee and Gurudwara Shri Tegbahadur Sahebji Trust.
Demanding an inquiry against Bansal, the commission said it has registered case against Amrik Singh under Section 9 (2) of the MP State Minorities Commission Act 1996. Besides, it has summoned Bansal to depose before it with compensation records in Bhopal on January 10 at 2 pm.
While Aggarwal was unavailable for comment, Anand when contacted over phone said that Commission members would meet Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni if the District Collector failed to respond to their complaints and redress the victims’ grievances.
“The administration is causing unnecessary delay in distribution of compensation”, he remarked.