Ex-MP seeks quick relief for 13/7 victims
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Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011, 17:54
Mumbai: Former Member of Parliament Kirit Somaiya on Monday sought intervention of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission to ensure that the victims of 13/7 blasts 'are not humiliated and do not suffer in the relief and rehabilitation as had happened in the cases of 26/11 terror attacks and 2006 train blasts'.

In the petition filed before the Commission today, Somaiya has sought an order against 'lack lustre' relief and rehabilitation measures (of the Government).

Somaiya filed the petition jointly with corporator of Zaveri Bazar Janak Jitendra Sanghvi and Allwin D'Cunha, a victim of 2006 train blasts.

Zaveri Bazaar was one of the sites of the July 13 serial explosions.

The petition said that though the Commission had earlier directed the state government to pay the medical bills of 2006 train blast victims, including petitioner D'Cunha, the state administration had not yet reimbursed the expenses.

Somaiya said that one of the 26/11 victims, Sabira Khan, was 'moving door to door for medical treatment'. Citing another example, Somaiya said that daughter of slain police officer Shashank Shinde, who was killed in the 26/11 carnage, has not been allotted the 'much publicised petrol pump’.

He alleged that the government had instead demanded Rs 75 lakhs from Shinde's family to grant such facility.

Somaiya urged the Commission to direct the government to honour its relief and rehabilitation announcements and added that the Commission should monitor the relief work.

The petition also sought an appointment of a committee consisting of a retired judicial officer and a relief and rehabilitation secretary to monitor the relief work.


First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 17:54

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