May 31, 2009

Compensate Jalandhar Riot Victims on Gujarat Riots Pattern

The intensity and ferocity of mob violence in and around Jalandhar has been mind boggling. The damage done to private and public property exceeds 100 crores in Jalandhar alone. More than 50 trucks laden with expensive cargo were torched. Many other vehicles including buses were destroyed. Extensive damage was done to premium showrooms ,especially those situated on the GT Road between Rama Mandi and Chehru. Municipal property worth around Rs. 50 lakh was damaged.

Govt.should ,immediately , conduct a survey and assess the loss like insurance surveyors do. For farmers Govt. conducts, without loss of time a special " Girdawari ". For Govt. every body is equal whether a farmer or non farmer. There should be no delay in assessing damages otherwise evidence gets lost. Hotel industry , transport and bus / taxi service and other affected businesses should be given liberal concessions in taxes so that they can cope with their loss of business due to riots.

Every affected victim of " Jalandhar Riots " should be compensated on the pattern and scale of compensation given in the case of Gujarat riots.

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