Leper patients take to streets against Govt apathy

Accuse SMC Of Rendering Them Homeless; Want Quick Construction Of Leper Colony

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, Jan 30: On World Leprosy Day, scores of leper patients Wednesday protested against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation for “rendering them homeless.”
The patients,  who protested at Press Enclave here, alleged that Government has failed to complete the construction of Leper Colony for the past five years on the banks of Nigeen lake. “Government had assured us that the construction will be completed in 18 months,” said Moosa Khan, a leper patient.
Blaming the SMC for rendering them homeless, the protesting patients said authorities constructed few quarters for them and “then fled from the colony.” “In March last year authorities stopped work and never returned back,” they said.
The patients said despite repeated pleas for construction of colony nothing happened on ground. “We even met Chief Minister who assured us that work will be completed soon but nothing happened after that,” they said. The patients also alleged that government even demolished their temporary rooms: “It is difficult for us to live in this bone chilling cold. We were better in our huts. We have to now spend nights in open,” they alleged.
The protesters again urged the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to personally look into the issue so that they feel relieved.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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