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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Phoolka demands full compensation for Saharanpur riot victims

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, July 28, 2014
First Published: 20:56 IST(28/7/2014) | Last Updated: 20:58 IST(28/7/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka on Monday demanded full compensation to the victims of communal violence at Saharanpur within 30 days.

He said the government was duty-bound to give compensation to all affected with violence, as till now the compensation had been declared only for three people, and not for those whose shops were set on fire.

Phoolka said, “Due to an increase in communal riots in the recent past, it’s absolutely necessary that the bill against communal violence, pending in the Rajya Sabha for eight years, should be passed at the earliest. It was promised by the UPA government in the 2004 and 2009 elections, but they had failed to pass the bill.”

The UP government should award full compensation to the owners of the vehicles and shops which had been burnt in the riot, said Phoolka, adding that at present, the government had declared only a meagre compensation for the loss of property. But under the bill, which was pending in the Rajya Sabha, the government was required to give full amount of compensation, which would restore shops, factories or the houses to the same position as they were before the riots, he added.

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