NEW DELHI— The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Arvind Kejriwal government to provide free ration for four and half months to all 275 riot victim families who were forced out of the Mustafabad Eidgah relief camp in view of the Coronavirus outbreak. The relief will also be extended to other victim families of the February violence who were not living in the camp.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Mirdul and Talwant Singh passed the order on a petition of Shaikh Mujtaba Farooq filed on the initiative of SIO Delhi.
Mr. Kishan, Section Officer (Administration) in the Office of the District Magistrate, North East has been appointed as the Nodal Officer to specifically deal with the 275 riot affected families mentioned by the petitioner.
As per previous directive of the HC, the Delhi government had appointed two Nodal Officers, Dr. Surya Kant Singh and Dr. Abha Dhand, both medical officers for providing medical help to the members of the said 275 families.
Along with the 275 families list, additional list of families will be provided by petitioner to Nodal officer for implementing the orders of the HC, said Abul Aala Subhani, President, SIO Delhi.
As per HC orders:
– Two Community Centres have been made available which could be used as relief camps to accommodate the families of the riot victims, if required. One is at Nand Nagri and the other at Bhram Puri.
– Four & Half Month free ration (enhanced 1.5times) to all riot victims (275 families whose details have been provided and additional families whose list we will provided to ADM, North East).
– No ration cards is required for claiming the above said benefits.
– Medical kits are ready for distribution to the said 275 families. Will be provided to additional list of families as well.
On Monday (March 30), the HC had ordered distribution of packed meals/dry ration for families, health kits (consisting of OTC medicines), for families in need of shelter, separate community centre/ relief camp with all necessary facilities and curfew passes for families if necessary.
“As per directive of High Court, efforts are being made to ensure cleaning of the drain as well as cleanliness in the area by East Delhi Municipal Corporation and Government of Delhi. We thank Mr. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate and his team for their efforts in this regard,” said SIO leader.
During the massive violence between February 23-26 in several parts of Northeast Delhi, over 50 people were killed and hundreds injured. Homes, shops and vehicles of several hundred people were looted and torched. Hundreds of people had taken shelter in the lone government-run relief camp in Eidgah compound in Mustafabad. However, it was shut down on March 24, the day nationwide 21-day lockdown was enforced by the central government in order to contain the spread of highly contagious Coronavirus.