Amritsar: Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar handed over cheques of compensation released by the central government to those arrested by the army from Sri Darbar Saihb complex during the Army Attack in 1984 and then confined in a Jodhpur prison.
Congress MLA Harminder Singh Gill (Patti segment) and Tarsem Singh DC (Attari segment) accompanied Amritsar deputy commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha to hand over cheques amounting to Rs 1.34 crore to 25 detainees from Amritsar district. A total of 365 people, including Gill, were confined in the jail of the neighbouring state. Of them, only 40 had filed compensation suit in court.
An average Rs 5 lakh compensation was given to each detainee.
An Amritsar court had directed the Centre and the state government to give compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the 40 detainees with 6% interest since the filing of the suit.
Revoking its appeal filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court to challenge the Amritsar court’s ruling, the Centre on July 2 had disclosed that Rs 2.16 crore had been sanctioned to the Punjab government for disbursal to the detainees. The state government has already handed over its 50% share amounting to Rs 2.16 crore to the 40 detainees.
“After the Army Attack, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) formed government in Punjab four times, but did not give even a single penny to the Jodhpur detainees. Its leaders have begged for votes raking up the Army Attack issue but never paid heed to lessen the pain of those victimized during and after the Army Attack,” said MLA Gill.
He said, “Capt Amarinder Singh has been helping the detainees. During his previous tenure, he awarded Rs 1 lakh compensation to each of the detainees. Recently, he released compensation and then urged the Centre to release its share.”
He also thanked the central government for the gesture.
Attari MLA Tarsem Singh and Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lali Majithia also praised the CM. Of the 40 persons who had filed recovery suit in the Amritsar sessions court, nine have died. All of them belonged to Amritsar district. The deceased’s families had reached to receive the cheques.