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Chaos, confusion as victims apply for compensation

Chaos, confusion as victims apply for compensation
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New Delhi: Families of the injured people in Delhi riots are facing another challenge – to receive First Information Report (FIR) from the police authorities. The Delhi government's announcement of compensation requires certain documents that the family has to procure, among them is the FIR filed by the police.

As most of the injured families were tending to their loved ones in the hospital, while others had a curfew imposed in their area, they were not able to go and file a complaint, which is why the police authorities visited the injured in the hospital and took their complaint.

However, many people have complained they are having difficulty getting access to it, which in return is making the compensation process tedious. Nafeeza, a resident of Jafrabad, whose husband was shot in the leg, was unable to get out of the house due to curfew.

"We stayed at home for two days, after which we took him to the hospital. There was a curfew in our area, how could we have gone to the police station at this time," she said. Nafeeza has alleged that the police has refused to giver her the FIR.

"I went to Jafrabad police station. On asking for Azaad's (the injured) FIR, police refused us to give it. When we asked why this was happening, the police told us that we had to come and file the FIR in the police station. But when a police officer had come and filed the complaint in the hospital itself, what was the point of visiting the police station," said Mohammed, Azaad's brother-in-law, who was at the police station.

On the other hand, police officials have said that a lot of FIRs have been filed, which is creating a chaos in the process. "We have at least 100 FIR in just one police station," he said.

Meser, on the other hand, is running around from police station to get the FIR, as she has a deadline to submit the documents to SDM office in Nand Nagri.

"I went to two police stations to get the FIR of my nephew who was shot. This is too much work," she said.

She got the FIR after some confusion at the police station and had to then rush to the SDM office, where all her documents were filed.

"They have said it can take us fifteen days to even month to get the compensation. My nephew is just a kid and I hope he recovers soon," she said.

A lawyer on ground has said that there is no proper process for the families to get compensation.

"What is the police doing? We have asked the victim's families to not talk to the police without any lawyer," she said.

The death toll in Delhi violence has risen to 53. About 44 have died at GTB hospital, 5 at RML hospital, 3 at LNJP hospital and at one Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital.

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