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HC orders compensation to ?84, ?89 riots victims

IN TWO important judgements today, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered compensation to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh and 1989 communal riots in Indore.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 12:26 IST

IN TWO important judgements today, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered compensation to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh and 1989 communal riots in Indore.

In both the cases, the division bench comprising Chief Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Dipak Misra directed State Government to pay compensation of Rs two lakh within three months to the next of kin of persons killed in the violence.

The court also directed the Government to pay Rs one lakh as compensation to permanently disabled, Rs 30,000 to persons who sustained fracture in the body, Rs 20,000 to persons who sustained injuries on vital organs of the body and Rs 10,000 to persons who sustained minor injuries.

The court further directed to add 40 per cent to the remaining amount after deducting ex-gratia compensation already paid to the affected families.

With these directives , the bench disposed of the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Gurmat Mission Jabalpur president late Dr Satnam Singh and others seeking directions to compensate affected Sikh families of 1984 riots.

The bench said if the Government failed to pay compensation to affected families within three months it would be liable to pay additional amount at the rate of six per cent per annum.

The court directed financial institutions to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) while giving loans to the affected families of 1984 riots.

Gurmat Mission and advocates Imtiaz Hussain and KS Wadhwa said the Government had paid Rs 20,000 to the next of kin of deceased and Rs 2,000 to others, while in some cases the ex-gratia was enhanced as per the Tanwant Singh Keer committee recommendations.

Mission representatives including Manjeet Singh said they circulated a proforma within the Sikh community in undivided Madhya Pradesh to know the number of affected families and only 1,250 families responded to it. Among them, 52 families had lost their bread earners or other members, 28 families members received injuries and 1,117 families sustained economic losses in the riots.

The order for relief to the Indore riot victims came on the PIL filed by advocate Zafar Ahmed Khan.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 12:26 IST