Delhi Violence: Nawab Ali of Shiv Vihar Lost Everything in Violence, Gets Mere Rs. 12,000 in Compensation
“We are facing too many problems, all of a sudden. We lost our houses and shops. Shall we look for a shelter and roof over the head of our family, find out ways to restart our business, apply for compensation or file a case against rioters”, says a riot victim of Shiv Vihar in northeast Delhi.
Masihuzzaman Ansari | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19—Shiv Vihar is the most affected by the recent anti-Muslim violence Muslims in northeast Delhi in which houses shops, and small manufacturing units belonging to Muslims were looted and then consigned to flames, ensuring maximum economic and financial loss to the community which is already at the lowest rung of the economic ladder.
Though the Delhi state government announced compensation for the victims and the latter also filled up the compensation forms, the verification process is reported to be too slow. And in even cases where the verification by the government officials have been completed, the compensation amount doled out is too meagre. Some of them say they have been received Rs. 12,000 and some have got merely Rs. 25,000 which is too inadequate even to repair the badly burnt houses.
Mohammed Ismail, a resident of Shiv Vihar, ran a mobile phone shop. “Violent fanatics looted and set afire my mobile phone shop. I lost everything. I have filled up and submitted the compensation form. But no verification has also been done so far. As per government rules, I cannot get compensation without verification. About a month has passed but I cannot start my business again in this situation because I have no money”, Ismail told India Tomorrow.
When India Tomorrow visited the relief camp in Mustafabad started by the Delhi Wakf Board, victims of the violence had a common complaint that verification process of the compensation applications is very slow.
Many of the victims staying in the relief camp said that they had filled up the compensation forms but neither has it been verified by the authorities nor have they received any compensation. They said that their houses and shops have been badly damaged which cannot be used again without repairs. “We are disappointed from the state government”, they said.
Another victim identifying himself as Habib from Shiv Vihar said that his three-storey houses was completely gutted by the violent fanatics. “Police did not come for three days when Shiv Vihar was being burnt and when everything has been lost, police teams are roaming in every street”, lamented Habib.
Expressing anger on police administration, Habib says, “Rioters fled after committing destruction. Who are now police looking for? I made hundreds of phone calls to police when the fanatics were indulging in violence and arson but police did not come. Had police come on time, destruction at such a large scale would not have happened”.
Nawab, another resident of Shiv Vihar, said, “The situation had started worsening from February 23 evening itself. Some skirmishes took place on February 24 but we had no inkling that it may escalate into a big violence a day after. Had we not immediately shifted to Mustafabad a day earlier, we would not have been alive today”.
Another victim of Shiv Vihar said, “We are facing too many problems, all of a sudden. We lost our houses and shops. Shall we look for a shelter and roof over the head of our family, find out ways to restart our business, apply for compensation or file a case against rioters”.
(The story was orignally written in Hindi by Masihuzzaman Ansari and translated in English by Syed Khalique Ahmed).