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Riot victims in Gujarat still live in unbearable surroundings

Tuesday March 22, 2011 06:00:27 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Zakat Foundation of India Chairman, Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood, in a meeting in New Delhi after returning from Gujarat tour said that most of the riot-affected people of Gujarat are still facing great difficulties, according to a media report.


He said that in the localities, which were built by local Muslim organisations, about 200 families of riot-hit people are still living under unbearable conditions.


"These two localities are situated between two dumping grounds, each about a kilometre long and 50 ft high with mounds of rubbish. It is very difficult for a common man to stay there even for a short while but these unfortunate and helpless people have perforce been living there for years", The Milli Gazette quoted Dr Zafar Mahmood as saying.


"In both these localities there is unbearable stench from all the sides and certainly along with wind dirt and harmful germs also come. In rainy season dirty water and dirt of this place flows into their houses", he added.


"There is neither sewage nor drainage system nor schools for children of riot-hit people in these localities. Monthly income per head is from Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 who work mostly in factories. These people have also not been provided with necessary documents of their houses", he said.

Dr. Zafar Mahmood had visited Gujarat during American Federation of Muslim Indians (AFMI)’s welfare programmes and after personally seeing the conditions of the people and their localities expressed his deep concern.


He made an appeal to the people of Gujarat to unite themselves and jointly struggle for their rights by working within the limits of Indian Constitution and laws.


He asked them to find out the true position under RTI and constitute a pressure group to put pressure on government officials to provide all civic and other government facilities for themselves.


He impressed upon them that unless Muslims and riot-affected people themselves join a common platform and pressurize government officials for removal of their difficulties, nothing would be done.


He made an appeal to well-to-do Muslims of Gujarat to cooperate with ZFI so that assistance to all riot-hit people of Gujarat could be provided in an organised manner.





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President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing at the inauguration of the National Festival of Tribal Dances, ‘PRAKRITI’, in New Delhi on March 16, 2011. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kum. Selja, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kantilal Bhuria and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela are also seen.

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