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Delhi riots: 700 victims file claims for damages

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The North East Delhi Riots Claims Commission (NEDRCC) set up by the Delhi government for providing compensation to victims of the communal violence that took place in February has received 700 applications so far.

The Commission which had set up the earlier deadline for claims on Jan 15 has now extended it to Feb 15. The first deadline for claims was December 31, 2020.

The panel has so far received applications for compensations against deaths or injuries to family members during the riots and damaged property.

The Delhi's lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has also granted approval to the commission for the appointment of a panel of five loss assessors, and their appointment is likely to be completed by the end of the next week, said retired Delhi High Court judge Sunil Gaur, who was appointed the claims commissioner by the high court in March.

"The appointment procedure for loss assessors has started and it will be completed soon. The process of assessing the human and property losses in the riots will begin after the scrutiny of all the received applications," said Gaur.

Gaur was appointed by the court after the Delhi government wrote to the court Registrar General, seeking the appointment of a claims commissioner. This came following Delhi Police's decision to recover the cost of damages to public and private property during the riots in north-east Delhi from people identified as "rioters".

A total of 53 people were killed and more than 400 were injured in the riots that ravaged parts of north-east Delhi in February last year. Police have registered 755 cases related to the communal violence.

Initially the commission, having its office at old Delhi Police headquarters at ITO in central Delhi, was receiving applications for compensations against property losses. But when people who were either injured in the riots or had lost their family member(s) also started visiting the Commission office for compensation, the Claims Commissioner allowed the filing of such applications as well.

The court appointed Gaur after the Delhi government wrote to the court registrar general, seeking the appointment of a claims commissioner. This came following Delhi Police's decision to recover the cost of damages to public and private property during the riots in north-east Delhi from people identified as "rioters".

A total of 53 people were killed and more than 400 were injured in the riots that ravaged parts of north-east Delhi in February last year. Police have registered 755 cases related to the communal violence.

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