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Seeking rehabilitation, 1984 victims writes to candidates

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2014 12:48 IST
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The 1984 Sikh riot victims under the banner of Ludhiana Sikh Migrant Welfare Board have issued a letter to four main contestants contesting from Ludhiana constituency, demanding proper rehabilitation for the victims.

The riot victims have asked the candidates to raise their issues before the party lines and convey their stand to the board within seven days.

A board member said that the letter had been sent to SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, AAP candidate HS Phoolka and independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains besides, Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister, Kamal Sharma, president, Punjab BJP, Partap Singh Bajwa, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and Arvind Kejriwal, convener, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

In the letter signed by chairman of the board Kartar Singh Patna, president Kanwaljit Singh Monga and general secretary Ajit Pal Singh, the victims have raised the issue of flat allotment to the riot victims, mentioning that the government had allotted flats to only 10% of the victims till date.

“Many of the victims, who had applied in 2000, have been awaiting allotment till today,” the letter reads, adding that the hundreds of government flats in Ludhiana were under illegal occupation of the self-styled leader of riot victims.

“In 2006, the Prime Minister had announced Rs 2 lakh grant, which was to be given to each riot victim family who had migrated to Punjab aftermath of the riots.

In Ludhiana, the nexus between corrupt officials and self-styled leaders have resulted in big irregularities in releasing of the said grant.

Many genuine bonafide victims have been deprived and many non-riot victims have received the grant. Even the vigilance inquiry in 2010 found numerous frauds and recommended further probe,” it reads.

The office bearers asked the candidates to clear their stand on the constitution of the state and national boards for redressal of grievances.