Ghuman said he was still doubtful if the Centre would pay its share.
CHANDIGARH: Handing over cheques worth Rs 2.16 crore to 40 of the 365 people detained in Jodhpur prison following Operation Bluestar in June 1984, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday promised same compensation to the remaining 325 people.The chief minister assured that he would also convince the Union government to pay its share of the compensation to the rest of 325 people.
Of the 40 people who were awarded compensation by the Amritsar court April last year, seven have passed away and the cheques were handed over to their family members.The CM said the 325 who could not fight the legal battle to seek monetary relief were also entitled to compensation and his government would provide them the same as it was a small amount for the pain they had suffered.
Recounting those days in the jail, the MLA said when they were kept naked in the Nabha prison before being shifted to the Jodhpur jail, Amarinder had visited them to hand over clothes.One of the detainees, Jasbir Singh Ghuman said they were acquitted after a long legal battle and had now got the compensation amount after around 34 years.He added that the detainees had also approached the previous government but even SAD had failed to persuade the BJP-led central government to not appeal in the Punjab and Haryana high court against their compensation order from Amritsar court.
Around 100 of the total 365 have since died.The government was ready to release full compensation to the 40 detainees, but he got a call from a very senior person in the central government conveying that the Centre would release its 50% share of the total Rs 4.5 crore compensation amount, said Amarinder.The chief minister also assured those present at the Punjab Bhawan function that he would look into their demands for jobs to their children.Harminder Singh, Congress MLA from Patti, who was also one of the detainees, said Amarinder had earlier paid Rs 1 lakh compensation to each in 2006, during his previous term as chief minister.
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