RAJOURI: Running from pillar-to-post for more than 20 years, the unfortunate victims of fate of Rajouri district had their prayers answered on Saturday when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directed the immediate clearance of pending SRO-43 cases in the district.
As a first installment, the Chief Minister on Saturday disbursed cash compensation among 20 and handed appointment orders to two persons, all of them kin of people killed in various militancy-related incidents in the district.
Those to whom Mehbooba issued appointment orders were Mohammad Altaf, son of Mohammad Ismail of Choudhary Naar, Rajouri, and Mohammad Arif, son of Abdul Rehman of Kote Dhara, Rajouri.
Those who received cash compensation of Rs 4 lakhs each at the hands of the Chief Minister included Razia Begum of Keri Teryath, Rama Devi of Seiya, Noor Akhtar of Jigni, Raqia Begum of Kothian, Kalakote, Satya Devi of Sair, Munir Hussain of Thanamandi, Hamshira Begum of Ghambir Muglan, Babu Khan of Nagrota, Gulshan Kumar of Patrara, Joginder Paul of Mangote, Zebo Begum of Thanamandi, Abdul Aziz of Kote Dhara, Sarfaraz Ahmad of Azmatabad, Noor Hussain of Choudhary Naar, Alam Bi of Khoriwali, Sakeena Bi of Panihad, Mir Hussain of Fatehpur, Nisar Hussain of Fatehpur, Mohammad Azmeer of Panjgraih and Mohammad Shafiq of Bhatian.
According to Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, there were in all 72 cases of SRO-43 from the district pending with the government for more than 20 years. Compensation in respect of 22 cases was disbursed Saturday with the Chief Minister’s instructions. In respect of the remaining 50 cases, he said, compensation would be released next week, following which there would be zero pendency of SRO-43 cases in the district.
The victims, who suffered both in terms of the physical loss of their loved ones and the continued torment due to the prolonged process of their cases, heaved a sigh of relief and thanked the Chief Minister for the compassion shown in deciding their cases and having them concluded at a fast pace when it came to her notice.