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Tears of emotion greet riot relief
- 7 Sikh families handed over cheques as compensation

Jamshedpur, March 30: Parminder Kaur of Mango was inconsolable while receiving a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni, as part of the compensation to the victims of the 1984 Sikh riots.

In 1984, when the Sikh riots hit the country, Parminder's father, Raghubir Singh, was stabbed and their property was destroyed.

The district authorities, following a Supreme Court directive, today paid supplementary compensation packages to seven riot victims, as allocated by the Centre to the states. The East Singhbhum deputy commissioner today distributed cheques worth over Rs 7.74 lakh to the dependants of the riot victims.

After receiving the cheque, Parminder recounted the moment when her father (a trader in Mango) rushed to his house after sustaining serious injuries in his stomach. He was stabbed in the Mango Bazaar area, but had survived the injuries. Her father died in the 90's.

President of the Central Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (CGPC) Shailendra Singh said family members of one more victim ' Jeet Singh alias Parjeet Singh ' who died during the 1984 riots here, could not attend today's programme. 'The family now resides in New Delhi. They would come here later to receive the cheque of Rs 3.25 lakh,' he said.

The dependants who received the compensations included Rajendra Singh (Rs 1.25 lakh), Narendra Singh Bhatia (Rs 10,000), Sukhdev Singh (Rs 36,000), and Amarjeet Kaur (Rs 1.25 lakh).

The family members of the 1984 riot victims were identified after the CGPC and the district administration had conducted a detailed survey.

Ninety victims were identified in the unified East Singhbhum and the Seraikela-Kharsawan districts. However, 'adequate compensation' was not given then, added officials. But only eight of them now live in East Singhbhum and the remaining are in Adityapur, Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

They are yet to be paid the hiked supplementary compensation package.

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