Hyderadbad: IDPs protest turns into deadly clash, 5 injured
HYDERABAD: As reported by the Dawn News on Sunday, five flood survivors including a woman were injured in a clash between them and locals here on Saturday.
Some internally displaced people (IDPs) were protesting against an inordinate delay in the issuance of Watan Cards, substandard supply of food, acute shortage of medicines and drinking water and their other problems in relief camps near Kali Mori. They also blocked the road.
Local people asked them to clear the road, but they refused and a clash broke out.
The injured were identified as Ghulam Abbas, Mohammad Khoso, Rasheed Khoso, Mohammad Murad Sailro and Ms Munawar Bibi. They were taken to the civil hospital and provided the first aid.
A PPP leader, Mehboob Abro, who is looking after 14 relief camps in the city, rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Police also reached and restored to mild baton charge to disperse the unruly crowed.
Mehboob Abro said that the flood-affected people were traumatized. Such scuffles in relief camps and outside had become the order of the day because of frustration due to delay in the issuance of Watan Cards.
He said registration of flood survivors and the process of issuing Watan Cards was slow. Food was another problem as flood survivors were being provided only rice at both times.
He paid tribute to the Selani Trust for providing food to flood victims but said that it was necessary that they should also be given vegetables and meat for a change.
Mr Abro said that while doctors were issuing prescriptions, no medicines were being provided to flood victims.
He said that for three days, they had not been provided clean water and they were forced to drink contaminated water which had negatively affected health of many survivors.
He said that due to apathy of the authorities, flood victims were eager to return to their villages, but they were only waiting for the issuance of Watan Cards.
He said that he was looking after 14 relief camps and everywhere complaints were same slow pace of issuance of Watan Cards, supply of substandard food and acute shortage of medicines and drinking water.
Our Thatta correspondent adds: Vehicular traffic on the National Highway remained suspended for two hours because about 300 flood victims blocked it in Makli in protest against difficulties they are facing in receiving Watan Cards.
Flood victims, mostly from Chhatto Chand union council, converged on the highway and blocked it by putting boulders and staging a sit-in on it.
They were raising slogans against Nadra officials and non-delivery of food and other relief items for many days at relief camps. DCO of Thatta Jaffar Abbas Abbasi reached the site and after a brief dialogue and assurance, protesters dispersed. Similar protests were also reported from Jati and Sujawal.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.