Uttarakhand tragedy: Injured labourer, having 11 children, seeks compensation

Uttarakhand tragedy: Injured labourer, having 11 children, seeks compensation
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BARAMULLA: The governments of Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand have not compensated Altaf Ahmad Hajam who survived tragic landslide incident in Uttarakhand on December 21 last year in which eight labourers were killed and several others injured.
The 45-year-old labourer, hailing from Mothal – a border village very close to the Line of Control (LoC) – is bed ridden like a handicapped person since then.
After getting badly injured, Altaf was admitted at Uttarakhand hospital for two weeks before being shifted home.
He is the sole bread winner for his family comprising wife and eleven children, who are living in a very poor condition.
Altaf while talking to Kashmir Reader said he went to Uttarakhand to earn livelihood “but unfortunately I along with other labourers met with an accident in which I suffered serious fracture in my arm and leg”.
“Due to serious injuries, I’m unable to sleep. I have eleven children including eight young daughters and three sons. They are completely dependent on me. Now they are suffering badly. All these thoughts give me sleepless nights,” Altaf said.
“On one hand, my husband is crying due to pain, and on the other, we are struggling for meals. We don’t have money for his treatment,” Altaf’s wife said.
The family has appealed the government to provide compensation to them so as to alleviate their sufferings.
On 21 December 2018, eight Kashmiris labourers, all from border town Uri, were killed while several others badly injured when they were hit by a landslide in Uttarakhand. The Jammu & Kashmir government announced relief for the kin of the labourers however no compensation was announced for the injured.