Families of Udhmapur victims return compensation to Govt.


We need justice not money: Families

Srinagar, Oct 14, : The parents of the two Kashmiri truckers from South KashmirWednesday alleged that district administration has been threatening them of dire consequence in case they did not accept the compensation from the government. 

“The Anantnag district administration misled its own government and common people by claiming that Rs one lakh twenty thousand each has been paid as exgratia to the Udhampur victim families. It is not true. We were provided two air-tickets and an amount of Rs 10,000 each was handed over to us to visit our wards who have been admitted in New Delhi’s Safdar Jung Hospital after goons attacked them on Srinagar-Jammu highway,” said Ghulam Rasool, the father of one of the victims.

The parents of Zahid Ahmed and Showkat Ahmed who accompanied independent legislator Engineer Rashid during a press conference said that they handed over two cheques of Rs 10,000 each and Rs 20,000 cash to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed during his Anantnag visit on Tuesday. “Shortly after we returned  the meager amount provided to us by the district administration, the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag called us on mobile and asked us to take back the returned money. After that, Tehsildar Anantnag called us and threatened that PSA will be slapped upon us if we refuse to take the money from the administration,” they said.

“We fail to understand why we are being threatened. Our sons with severe burn injuries are battling for their lives in the hospital and the administration, instead of helping us,  is creating problems for us,” the parents said adding that they don’t need any compensation from the government as the present dispensation is insensitive towards their hardships.

Earlier, independent legislator Engineer Rashid , while castigating the government for failing to secure the property and lives of Kashmiri truckers said that it was really shameful on part of DC Udhampur to give the color of rumour to a real incident. “After the attack on two Kashmiri truckers, another truck driver Sayar Ahmed was attacked in Udhampur and he received burn injuries. The victim is going under treatment at SMHS hospital. To hide their failure, the DC Udhampur termed the incident as rumour which was really shameful,” Rashid said.

“The kingpin of the attack is still at large. In Kashmir, the government takes no time to arrest people even on frivolous charges. Why aren’t authorities showing the same enthusiasm in Jammu,” the legislator said.

He appealed people to treat the outsiders as their guests. “We the people of Kashmir are not goons like them. We respect outsiders and treat them well. They should learn a lesson from us,” he said and appealed people not to get provoked by these goons who attack Kashmiri truckers.


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