At a time when the gruesome killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma during the Delhi riots resulted in a major uproar against former AAP councilor Tahir Hussain, Delhi chief minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to Sharma’s family. This apart, the Delhi government has also offered a job to one of the family members of the deceased.
The Delhi CM tweeted: “Ankit Sharma was a brave IB officer. He was brutally murdered in the riots. The country is proud of him. The Delhi government has decided to offer his family a compensation of Rs 1 crore and job to one of his family members. May his soul rest in peace”.
The IB official was a resident of Chand Bagh, one of the worst affected areas in the violence-hit northeast Delhi. His body was recovered from a drain last Wednesday. Notably, Sharma’s family has accused Hussain of killing the young officer.
According to news agency ANI, the death toll in the violence has touched 46 till Monday. While 38 deaths have been reported from Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, three deaths have been reported from Lok Nayak Hospital. This apart, four deaths have been reported from Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and one death from Jag Pravesh Chander Hospital.
ATMs run dry in violence hit areas in Delhi
Even as people residing in the violence hit areas are yet to overcome their fear, they are grappling with a new problem of cash crunch as majority of the ATMs in these areas are out of cash. While many ATMs were destroyed in the violence, some of them which are still functional are witnessing a serpentine queue of people waiting to withdraw cash. However, things are getting back to normal in the national capital amidst heavy police deployment.
The shortage of cash has been especially reported from the violence hit areas of Jaffrabad, Mustafabad, Maujpur, and Shivpuri. According to news agencies, the residents of these areas are already facing the shortage of basic amenities and now, they are forced to wait in long queues outside ATMs.
While the violence has exposed the ugly face of the society, it has also united several good Samaritans who have come forward to help the affected citizens by offering them food, clothing, and other essential items.