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Seeking compensation, landmine victims of Poonch come to Jammu

india Updated: Dec 24, 2013 18:32 IST
Navneet Dubey

As many as 30 mine blast victims of the Poonch-Rajouri area surrounded by the Line of Control (LoC) reached Jammu.

Being denied compensation despite repeated attempts knocking doors of concerned authorities for many times, 30 mine blast victims of Poonch-Rajouri area surrounded by Line of Control (LoC) today again highlighted their plight in Jammu travelling around 250 kilometers in pursuit of justice.

All of these 30 suffers are finding it difficult to meet both their ends. With no help from the government, the mutilated people are left to live inhumanly.

One of the sufferers, Ashiq Hussain(13) a resident of Poonch lost both his hands and one eye three years ago while playing in the fields when he accidently passed through a land mine. During the incident two other members of his family, who were not that lucky got killed.

"I am studying in class seventh, and after school I go for begging as my family has no permanent source of income. No assistance has been provided by the government", he said.

His father Mohd. Basheer whose one arm was partly disabled in the incident said, "I had a family of seven, two of them were killed during mine blast. I sold my land for the treatment of my son in Amritsar. I spend all that I had. Now my son is solely dependent on me, he cannot even eat on his own. Government has done nothing for us".

Seeking justice, Noor Hussain also a resident of Poonch whose one leg was mutilated and he suffered injuries in mine has slammed state government for adopting an apathetic attitude towards their plight.

"Despite repeated requests to concerned authorities, nobody is bothered to provide compensation to us", he said and alleged, "While the victims of mine blasts in Kashmir region are being provided 1000 rupees compensation per month, which in Jammu region that too in few cases(where compensation is being given), victims are given a compensation of 400 rupees per month by Social Welfare Department. How can there be two sets of rules in two regions of the state".

Another victim Shahida Kausar(14) a resident of Mehandhr Poonch who lost one hand is pleading for compensation.

"I love studying, but my financial status is not allowing me to pursue further studies. Government has not provided even a single penny to me. Today we are in Jammu to highlight our plight".

Mohd. Younis(55) another victim, also urged government to come to their rescue.

"No one is here to deliver justice to us. We are compelled to travel hundreds of miles to get justice. Our lives are tenterhooks", he said.