Even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced compensation for the victims of the violence, people hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are leaving Delhi in hordes, as observed at Delhi’s three railway stations. Kejriwal says these people will be compensated too.
The chief minister said that all the injured will be given free medical facility under the Delhi Government’s Angel Scheme. It is expected to provide relief to many injured who have lost everything in the violence that took place in the past.
During the violent demonstrations, many people lost their homes and shops in north-east Delhi. Violent mobs set fire to several garages, shops, houses and dozens of vehicles.
Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat, Kejriwal said that the families of those injured will be given a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each whereas families that have lost a member or more will get Rs 10 lakh each. He said further that people whose houses have been burnt down and shopkeepers whose stores have been gutted will get Rs 5 lakh each.
As Hindus began retaliating since Tuesday after riots in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and West Bengal in December 2019, Shaheen Bagh blockade for nearly 70 days, which threatened to spill over to north-east Delhi on Monday and Tuesday, reports of deaths of Muslims are pouring in too.
The amount will be given to the families of those killed in the violence in north-east Delhi. Kejriwal said the compensation amounts were decided in a meeting over the riots.
The chief minister said that the rate of incidents of violence has come down thankfully. Delhi government’s Farishte scheme will apply to the riot-affected people, he said. This will provide some relief to many suffering families. Due to this scheme, the injured are receiving treatments in private hospitals affordably, he claimed.
Food distribution has started in curfew areas.
Asked about Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain’s alleged complicity in the murder of IB security assistant Ankit Sharma, the chief minister said whoever is guilty of rioting should get the harshest possible punishment. “If he belongs to our party, the punishment should be double, but stop politics. Don’t do politics, don’t play with people’s lives,” Kejriwal said.