Nasreen Khatun and her husband Mohammad Miraz Ansari had been saving up money to marry off their daughter, whose wedding was set for July 20. However, last week, exactly one month before the auspicious day, they lost their house, as well as valuable and around `6 lakh cash in the clashes which hit Piprachauda village, around 15 km from Ranchi.
On the night of June 20, Piprachauda was attacked by a mob, which barged into the village to avenge the murder of Nasim Ansari, a land broker from a neighbouring area. Nasreen and her husband were among at least 50 residents from the violence-ravaged village who came to rural development minister Neelkanth Singh Munda’s janata darbar on Wednesday to seek justice. They demanded that a fair probe be conducted and the culprits be nabbed at the earliest.
“Our entire house is in shambles, there is nothing left now. No one in my family has extra clothes as it has all burnt down. A mob of at least 200 people came and indiscriminately burnt down houses and looted them,” Ansari said.
Nasreen said that they have not received any compensation from the government and are currently living at their neighbour’s house. “We cannot sleep due to fear. The entire village is living in shock and trauma as we have received threats of similar attacks in the future,” she said.
Sabisda Khatun and Mariam Khatui of the village related similar horrific tales. “The government should have some mercy and provide us with compensation. The culprits must be put behind bars,” said Sabisda.
Munda heard their concerns and assured that the affected families will soon receive compensation.
In another case, Vimla Devi of Karamtroli in Ranchi asked the minister to help him find her missing 26-year-old son, Chotu Kumar Shah. Chotu went missing in October 2015 from the Tundla station while returning from Ludhiana.
“We run a cloth business and my son went to Ludhiana to procure stock. It has been eight months and we have no trace of him,” said Vimla, who has been to janata darbar on two other occasions before Wednesday.
On hearing her plea, Munda spoke to the DGP and asked him to look into the matter and ensure speedy action.