In Khargone, a story of two PMAY homes: one bulldozed, different vandalised by mob


In blue ink, that is scrawled on the wall of the single-storey home at Towerwali Gali at Sanjay Nagar in Khargone. The home, constructed beneath the Prime Minister Awas Yojana-City, belongs to Leela Bai Chhagan Lal, 60, who works as a labourer and lives right here with shut family members. If Hasina Fakhroo’s PMAY home was demolished by the administration April 11, Leela Bai’s was vandalised and broken by a mob a day earlier.

In violence that erupted throughout Ram Navami procession through which not less than 10 homes of her neighbours have been set ablaze. Her predominant door’s a gaping gap, so is the window; a lifetime’s property, together with a fuel range, cylinder, water motor pump, fan and tv, all gone.

Authorities schemes intention to flatten variations of id — a labharthi (beneficiary) is a labharthi regardless of caste or religion — however this story of two PM Awas homes frames the plight of an city neighbourhood the place communal fault-lines have hardened and the place even an asset obtained in a flagship scheme affords little safety.

An investigation by The Indian Express Friday confirmed how Hasina’s home had been geotagged 5 instances, all her funds got here on time, the final instalment per week earlier than the bulldozers rolled in, and but, her home was declared unlawful and a discover was despatched to her 4 days earlier than the demolition.

For Leela Bai, it was the violent mob that robbed her of her home.

“I had labored as a labourer at a authorities farm and as a home assist to feed my household since my husband died 16 years in the past. We constructed this home in 4 makes an attempt — first, we had a plastic roof, then we had wooden (kelu), then we had tiles, lastly a pucca roof. We noticed many ups and downs however we saved enhancing this home,” Leela Bai advised The Indian Specific.

Right this moment, under the sale discover, the home has a stamp of the PMAY-U displaying it was constructed – much like Hasina’s — beneath the Beneficiary Led Building part of the scheme with a price of Rs 2.5 lakh throughout 2017-18.

A district administration official mentioned that Rs 76,602 has been supplied to Leela Bai’s household for harm throughout the riots.
Recounting the night of April 10, Leela Bai mentioned: “We had gone to see the procession. I left dwelling at 4 pm, clashes broke out at 5-6 pm. There was no mild…. electrical energy was disconnected… homes have been burning…we returned to our home three to 4 days later because the curfew was clamped quickly after the clashes broke out. Then we went to the police station.”

Leela Bai’s son, Pawan Kale, who works as a labourer at a store, moved out of the locality to what he calls a “safer” place after communal riots in 2015. “Dar ho gaya tha dang ke dangerous, isliye idhar aa gaye (We have been frightened so we moved right here),” mentioned Kale, who now lives within the Kale Khet locality within the metropolis, about 1 km from his mom.

Subsequent to Leela Bai, lives Sangita Jadhav. She works as a labourer at a bakery and her husband Ramesh Jadhav is a driver. Sangita’s single-storey home was burnt down within the April 10 riots. Pointing to the charred particles, Sangita broke down: “hamne bade man se ye ghar banaya tha. (We had constructed this home enthusiastically.)”

Subsequent to Sangita’s home, lives Laxmi Muchhal whose marriage was scheduled for April 14, 4 days after the violence. “The rioters took away all my brother had bought for my marriage. In addition they looted the rations, fuel cylinder, couch and TV. I don’t know the way we are going to organise the marriage now, we don’t have any assets,” Laxmi advised The Indian Specific.

Laxmi’s household mentioned they’re so fearful they’ve boarded tin sheets exterior their doorways and home windows to guard themselves from stone-pelting and arson. In the identical lane as Laxmi, The Indian Specific counted not less than eight different homes and retailers that bear the marks of arson. Seven of them have put a discover on the market: yah makan bikau hai.

These embody a kirana store and atta chakki operated by Santosh Mohan Singh Kumawat who mentioned his store was burnt down. Parwati Natthu, whose household relies on agriculture, has a bullock cart. Natthu alleged the attackers killed the oxen and looted issues from his place.

These homes are usually not far-off from the spot the place Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddharth Choudhary was shot at under the knee. Talking to The Indian Specific, Choudhary, who joined responsibility final week, mentioned that 180 individuals have been arrested in connection to the violence.



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