New Delhi, March 19— The Delhi Waqf Board is providing monetary relief to all people affected by the unprecedented violence in the northeast areas of the national capital in the last week of this February. Over 50 people were killed during the three-day long violence while hundreds of homes, shops and vehicles were looted and torched.
On Tuesday, Delhi Waqf Board chairman and Member of Delhi Assembly, Amanatullah Khan gave cheques worth Rs two lakh each to three persons – Ranju Devi, Ramvaran Singh and Mukesh. They are among dozens of people whose shops were either looted or torched during the violence.
“I have already told that we will not help any on the basis of their religion but will help all people who have sustained any loss,” said Mr Khan while distributing the cheques.
Earlier this month, in a laudable gesture aiming to strengthen social bond and communal harmony in the violence-hit areas of the National Capital, Mr Khan had announced a scheme for repair of the houses and shops torched and destroyed during the violence in the last week of February. He gave Rs 50 lakh to a team of the Construction Committee of the Delhi Waqf Board to start construction work for the damaged houses and shops – irrespective of whoever their owners are.
“The Construction Committee of the Delhi Waqf Board will start repair work for all the houses and shops set afire during the Delhi violence. The board will help the owners irrespective of which religion they belong to. Today I gave Rs 50 lakh to the committee to start the repair work,” Mr Khan tweeted in Hindi on March 6.
Day earlier, he announced that the Waqf Board will bear the cost of repair of all 19 mosques damaged during the violence. Mr. Khan handed over Rs 5 lakh as advance to the head of Masjid Committee of the Waqf Board on March 5 to start repair work.
“During the Delhi violence, 19 mosques were torched and damaged. The Masjid Committee of the Delhi Waqf Board is going to start full repair work in all these mosques from tomorrow. Today the Waqf Board gave Rs 5 lakh as advance to the Masjid Committee),” said Mr Khan.