Almost a week after it sought more time to disburse compensation amount to the families of those killed in the 2005 Sarojini Nagar bomb blast, the Delhi government on Wednesday paidRs 8 lakh each to two families.
The Delhi High Court had, four months ago, directed the government to release the compensation to the families of Ganeshan and Ram Jeevan, who were killed in the blast. The court had ordered the government to pay Rs 8,63,067 each to the kin of the victims.
The Indian Express had reported on July 8 that the Delhi government had sought three more weeks to disburse the compensation due to “non-availability” of sufficient funds.
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“It was a long wait. First, we had to run from pillar to post to prove that my son was not missing but was killed in the bomb blast. Only after the court’s intervention, we were promised the compensation. Then, the government repeatedly cited different reasons, in at least four hearings, that it would soon release the amount. I will now use the money to get my daughter married and invest the rest for my younger son,” Palaniammal (56), Ganeshan’s mother, said.
Ashok Randhawa, president of the Sarojini Nagar Market Association, who took up the case for Jeevan’s brother Ram Kishore, said, “We are very grateful to the High Court. Ram Kishore was 15 years old when he came to Delhi in search of his brother. He stayed with me for 10 years. I will buy an agricultural land for him in village.”