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Uttarakhand floods: UKMC sends report on loss of life, property to NCM

Press Trust of India
Jul 12, 2013 at 04:50pm IST

The Uttarakhand Minorities Commission has sent its report to the National Commission of Minorities regarding loss of life and property during the recent floods.

UKMC Chairman Narinderjit Singh Bindra said he had sent his report to NCM.

In his report, Bindra informed NCM that ten persons, including three Muslims, died in and around Gobind Ghat, the gateway to the Hemkunt Sahab shrine visited by Sikhs and others from inside and outside the state.

Uttarakhand floods: UKMC sends report on loss of life, property to NCM

Uttarakhand floods: UKMC sends report on loss of life, property to NCM

Two Sikhs died due to heart attack at Ghagaria, while body of an unknown person was found in valley of flowers, Bindra said in his report.

Four Sikhs died in Patal Ganga due to landslides on road and three members of Muslim community were washed away by the river in Gobind Ghat, he told PTI.

The UKMC said Alaknanda river had taken away as many as 127 two wheelers, 51 four wheelers and a helicopter in Gobind Ghat area during the massive floods last month.

The loss of property, mainly of Gurdwara Gobind Ghat complex, was roughly to the tune of Rs 50 crore, Bindra said, adding that the loss of local community was manifold.

Bindra, who is also vice chairman of Shri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust, demanded that the government should compensate the Trust which looks after the facilities at the base station at Gobind Ghat to rebuild the shrine's infrastructure damaged in the floods.

He said full insurance amount should be given to owners of all the vehicles which were washed away even though many of them only had third party insurance.

NCM had recently asked UKCM to submit its report so that it could give recommendations to central and state governments to compensate the victims. Ajiab Singh, member of NCM, had written a letter recently to Bindra in this regard.

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