To ensure mobilisation of people in the Sunday’s protest demanding action in Maur twin bomb blasts and increased compensation to the victim families, the residents’ committee formed to organise protests has been holding smaller meetings.
The Maur bomb blast Virodhi Sangharsh Committee is holding at least two meetings daily in different localities to convince people to join the protest in the town on Sunday.
Secretary of the committee Naveen Singla said that the people in large numbers are attending these meetings and assuring their participation in the protest to seek justice for the victims. He said that besides committee, members of victim families too are joining the meetings.
The committee had held a protest in the town last Friday seeking action in the case and demanding more compensation for the victim families. They had given the administration a week’s time to act on their demands. However, Singla said that there has been no progress in direction of meeting their demands so they conducted a meeting of committee last Sunday only and announced to hold protest on February 26.
The committee besides demanding an action in the case, as police are yet to trace the accused, has been demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore for each person killed and government job to one family member, Rs 10 lakh to the 13 injured persons, to include the families in the terrorism-affected families, better health facilities in the Maur civil hospital and action against government and private doctors for dereliction in duty in providing treatment to affected persons after blast and constructing a memorial for victims.
Sub divisional magistrate, Maur, Latif Ahmed said that all the demands of committee have been communicated to deputy commissioner (DC) Ghanshyam Thori. Thori couldn’t be contacted despite repeated attempts.
After nod from the Election Commission of India, the administration has cleared compensation of Rs 36.5 lakh to the families affected of which, Rs 5 lakh each will be given to families of those killed and Rs 50,000 to each injured.
Six persons including four children were killed while 13 were injured in the twin bomb blasts in Maur on January 31 evening. The police have questioned several persons in this connection but there has been no headway in the probe yet.
Meanwhile, the district health officials will be compiling a record of the events after the bomb blasts to ascertain the number of people injured and treatment provided to them at different government and private hospitals.
Bathinda civil surgeon Dr Raghuveer Singh Randhawa said that all the records pertaining to post-blast events will be submitted to the office of DC by Tuesday. He said besides the record from government hospitals, records from private hospitals will also be provided to administration.