Indore District Magistrate Manish Singh on Sunday mentioned he has apologised to God for the native administration’s motion of dumping homeless individuals exterior town amid the chilly climate, which led to an enormous public outrage.
Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has additionally criticised the incident, terming it a “blot on humanity”, whereas actor Sonu Sood, who got here into highlight for serving to migrants return to their houses amid the COVID-19 lockdown final 12 months, urged Indore residents to assist the homeless individuals.
Facing flak over the incident which befell on Friday, District Magistrate Singh, whereas attending a spiritual occasion at a Ganesh temple in Khajrana space on Sunday, mentioned he apologised to God on behalf of the administration. “Whosoever might have been at fault in this incident, but we are officers and we can’t run away from our responsibility. Hence, we prayed to God to forgive us for our mistakes,” Singh informed reporters.
On Friday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan suspended an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) official after movies of homeless individuals being pushed out of town and dropped near a village went viral on social media. The civic physique has additionally eliminated two non permanent staff from the job.
The incident has taken place at a time when the administration of Indore, which has received the nation’s cleanest metropolis tag 4 occasions in a row, is making all efforts to maintain town neat and tidy to win the Sawchh Sarvekshan 2021. In a Twitter publish on Saturday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra mentioned it was a “blot on humanity” and sought motion in opposition to the officers who ordered such an motion.
Sood in a video message on Saturday appealed to the residents of Indore to return ahead and assist the homeless individuals get a roof on their heads. When contacted, Additional Municipal Commissioner Abhay Rajangaonkar informed PTI on Sunday that, “We are conducting a detailed investigation into the incident. All facts will come to light after the inquiry.”
Around 2.30 pm on Friday, some municipal employees introduced eight to 10 individuals, who have been homeless and looking out weak, in a truck and dropped them near Shipra village exterior town, mentioned Rajesh Joshi, who runs a tea stall within the village and recorded the incident on his cell phone.
They have been forcibly taking out these individuals, together with two girls, from the truck, Joshi mentioned. “When I started recording it, some municipal workers said they were dropping these people here (in the village) following a government order, as they were dirtying the city,” he claimed.
After villagers protested, the IMC workers took these individuals again to town, he mentioned. In the video, these aged individuals, together with some who have been unable to stroll correctly, have been seen sitting dejected alongside a roadside. Their belongings tied in rags have been additionally seen scattered round.
Meanwhile, native Congress MLA Sanjay Shukla claimed that municipal employees on Friday forcibly drove 15 aged individuals out of town. “After the villagers protested, they brought back only four of them and lodged them in a shelter home. Where are the other 11? They were possibly dropped between the village and the city during return,” Shukla mentioned.
The MLA mentioned they’ve complained to police about this. However, IMCs Additional Commissioner Rajangaonkar claimed that solely six aged individuals have been taken out of town and so they have been introduced again.
“Out of them, three were lodged in a shelter home, while three others, after alighting from the truck, left on their own will,” he mentioned.
As many as 10 shelter houses are being run within the metropolis the place homeless individuals are being despatched to guard them from the biting chilly, officers mentioned. As of now, solely 76 individuals are staying in these shelter houses, they mentioned. Many homeless individuals don’t stay in these shelter houses as these locations shouldn’t have services for meals, they added.