Delhi Govt Pays Rs50,000 Initial Compensation to Riot Victim Shan Mohd

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People stand next to the wreckage of motorcycles that were set on fire by a mob in a riot affected area in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020. — Reuters

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Shan Mohd, a victim of Delhi riots, on Tuesday received initial compensation Rs. 50,000. This came following an order of the Delhi High Court on July 8. He had petitioned the court that even after submitting his Medico Legal Report (MLC) on three different occasions, his application for compensation had not been entertained. The court had directed the Delhi government to expedite the process of providing compensation to Shan Mohd.

“#DelhiRiots As per the directions in court order dated 08.07.2020 passed by Justice Prathiba Singh, Shan Mohd has received Rs.50k in his bank account today,” says a Tweet by Mishika Singh.

As per Delhi government scheme, Shan Mohd is entitled to receive Rs 2 lakh.

The Delhi government had announced monetary reliefs to the victims of riots that had engulfed the north-eastern part of the capital in February. But government officials have allegedly been discriminating against those applying under the relief scheme which has several categories. They are accused of showing reluctance in processing applications for compensation. Press reports indicate that up to 700 such applications are still pending with the Delhi government.

Shan Mohd is one such applicant who was denied compensation even after several months of suffering during the riot. He was shot in his leg outside his house in Brhampuri, a neighbourhood in the capital’s Seelampur area, on February 25. After being treated for his injuries at St. Stephens, he was discharged on March 9 but he continues to have pain in the leg and can walk only with a walker. He has been told by doctors that he will require further surgery but due to a lack of funds has not been able to have them till date.

“There is no doubt that the petitioner (Shaan Mohd) has suffered a serious injury. There is no reason for any delay in releasing the compensation,” Justice Prathiba M. Singh had said in his order.

It directed that the “petitioner’s application may be processed in accordance with the requisite procedure and upon satisfaction, compensation in terms of the scheme shall be released to the petitioner within a period of 10 days” from July 8.

The Delhi government’s monetary relief scheme was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 28. Following are the details of the scheme:

  • Rs 10 lakh to family members of those who died.
  • Rs 5 lakh to family members of minors who have died.
  • Rs 5 lakh to those who have been permanently disabled.
  • Rs 2 lakh to those who were severely injured.
  • Rs 20,000 to those who sustained minor injuries.
  • Rs 3 lakh to those who have been orphaned.
  • Rs 5,000 for loss of animals.
  • Rs 25,000 for damages to rickshaw.
  • Rs 50,000 for damages to e-rickshaw.
  • Rs 5 lakh if someone’s house is completely burnt down.
  • Rs 1 lakh to tenant and Rs 4 lakh to house owner.
  • Rs 2.5 lakh to those whose houses have sustained substantial damages but not burnt down completely.
  • Rs 5 lakh to those whose shops have been gutted.
  • Rs 25,000 immediate relief to those whose homes have been totally destroyed.

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