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11 July Mumbai-Bomb Blast. 416 suffering for Financial Compensation, Medical Help, Hearing Aids, Hearing Surgeries, Artificial Limbs. 187 Dead – 890 Injured Story of Humiliation, Suffering & Apathy. Dr. KIRIT SOMAIYA, Ex-Member of Parliament, BJP National Executive Member 9 JULY’ 2007.

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11 July Mumbai-Bomb Blast

416 suffering for Financial Compensation, Medical Help, Hearing Aids, Hearing Surgeries, Artificial Limbs...

187 Dead – 890 Injured

Story of Humiliation, Suffering & Apathy

Dr. KIRIT SOMAIYA,

Ex-Member of Parliament, BJP National Executive Member

9 JULY’ 2007


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7/11 Mumbai Bomb Blast – Status of Action – Relief – Rehab - Treatment

  • 1 year over – shattered 1077 families.

  • Struggle for relief & rehabilitation …continues

  • Red-tapism, Apathy…. goes on…

  • Commitments of Relief, Rehabilitation, Medicine yet to complete.

  • Government refused hearing aids / surgeries / artificial limbs / medical treatment.


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Action – Relief– Rehab–Treatment… Rehab - Treatment

  • Ex-gratia compensation (immediate relief) yet to be completed.

  • State govt. paid to 884 while Railway 1058.

  • Railway Claim Tribunal only 174 Claims / Payment completed.

  • Compensation was taxable (33%) Exemption G.R. came in June 2007


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Action – Relief– Rehab–Treatment… Rehab - Treatment

  • Hamal, Helper, Peon Jobs offered to Professionals, Educated

  • Only 44 could got appointments / job.

  • 225 victims taking treatment on their own

  • Appeal, Mumbaikar-Govt come forward- complete the requirement to give victim ‘New Life’


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The biggest tragedy in Mumbai Rehab - Treatment

  • Biggest terrorists attack

  • 7 blasts in 10 minutes

  • 1077 victims

  • 187 deaths

  • 890 injured


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Status of Railway Claim Tribunal Rehab - Treatment

  • Special Bench announced in Aug’ 2006

  • Special Bench formed in Dec’ 2006

  • Only 5 Sitting till now

  • 515 Claims filed in all

  • 164 Death cases Disposed

  • 339 Injured claims filed, of which 10 Disposed

  • Others not able to file claims due to apathy, non-cooperation, harassments.



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Compassionate Jobs in Railway Rehab - Treatment

  • ‘Majak’ with family of Dead-victim

  • Railway offering jobs in ‘D’ Grade only

  • Jobs offered Helper, Hamal, Peon…

  • Post graduate, professionals, widows offered jobs as Helper - Peon

  • Irritating inhuman behaviour

  • Of 235 Eligible – Only 118 applied & 44 joined

  • Victims lost hand, leg were refused as they “lost 65% of limb instead of 70%”

  • Victims/families eligible are sufferer of red-tapism


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Ex-gratia compensation paid Rehab - Treatment

Mumbai Police has officially declared the list of

dead – 187 and Injured – 890 Total - 1077


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Apathy & Red-tapism - An example Rehab - TreatmentThane Collectorate after intimating could not pay ‘Due to lack of Fund’


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Apathy of system Rehab - Treatment

  • Apathy of system is evident from the incident

  • Hon’ble President sent donation of Rs.25 lacs from Rashtrapati Bhavan for the medical treatment of the hearing loss of the Blast victims.

  • The cheque was sent to Govt./BMC Hospital.

  • The same was returned to Rashtrapati Bhavan with observation, “There is no need of such help”.


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Study – Analysis of 100 Grievances… Rehab - Treatment

  • Yuvak Pratishthan study & analysed grievances of 100 victims (sample)

  • 6 cases – Railway paid Rs.50,000 as Major Injury, State refused- “you were not in that train blast”

  • 12 cases – Railway paid Rs.50,000 each for Major Injury. State Govt. declared it Minor Injury & sanctioned Rs.5,000


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·   Rehab - TreatmentRailway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation·     State Govt. refused to pay compensation


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·        Railway Accept Major Injury – paid Rs.50,000 compensation·        State Govt. says Minor Injury – paid Rs.5,000 compensation


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Analysis of 100 Grievances Rs.50,000 compensation









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State Govt. Affidavit to NHRC… (sample)…Response & Commitment

  • As per the mutual decision, medical bills are being reimbursed by the Western Railways

  • Collectors of Mumbai City, Suburban District & Thane have been advised to collect copies of FIR from the Police Department (ATS) and provide to the persons requiring it.

  • As was decided with the WR, Railways have made the reimbursement of medical bills.

  • State Govt. has already made the payment to 502 person receiving grievous injuries as on 10 Oct. 2006


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State Govt. Affidavit to NHRC… (sample)…Response & Commitment

  • State Govt. has so far made payments to 132 persons receiving minor injuries as on 10 Oct. 2006

  • Public Health Department directed all the hospitals, both Government & Private, not to collect payment from the patinets for medical treatment.

  • Govt. of Maharasthra is periodically monitoring the status of disbursement of payment to the private hospitals and expediting the matter.

  • Hearing aids can be made available to the patients when demanded


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Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (sample)…Responses & Notices issued..

  • Filed petition with Maharasthra State Human Rights Commission

  • Notices issued to Principal Secretary, Relief & Rehabilitation Dept., GoM

  • Directing them to submit all the detail information on affidavit regarding

    • total number of victims identified

    • Compensation paid to them till date

    • Medical aid, monetary compensation & their rehabilitation





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Bomb blast victims meet of 11/6/07 Hinduja Hospital on 9/6/07





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We Urge… the system

  • Early process of claim settlement

  • Daily hearing of Railway Claim Tribunal Bench

  • Special Team to attend & give Medical Help

  • Special Cell to attend Job applications

  • State govt. to disburse compensation for remaining 200 victims

  • Healing Touch to Defeat Intention of Terrorism

  • Fulfillment of commitment before 11 July 07

  • Justice

  • Complete rehabilitation of victims


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Action Plan Suggested… the system

  • Amend guideline and provide artificial limbs, hearing aids, etc.

  • All medical expenses be reimbursed

  • Directives be issued to complete payment of ex-gratia immediately

  • Proper job of ‘C’ or ‘D’ Grade as per qualification and need of the person - amend directives


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Action Plan Suggested… the system

  • Railway Claims Dept. should be asked to approach each and every affected family and get claim filed.

  • Number of victims differs from Department to Department, Ministry to Ministry and Government to Government. One final list of 1077 prepared by Police/Railway should be treated as the base list.

  • All the concerned Departments be asked to provide legally eligible help to minimum 1077 families.

  • A Coordination Committee under the Chairmanship of Additional General Manager, Western Railway, Rehabilitation Secretary, Police Commissioner & Petitioner

  • Publication of weekly Progress Report.