The Madras High Court on Thursday permitted the Dharmapuri Collector to distribute cheques forthwith to the victims of mob frenzy happened in the district on November 7 last year. Following a writ petition, the Madras High Court had directed the State Government to sanction Rs.7.32 crore as relief to the victims and also directed the government to appoint U. Sagayam, former Collector of Madurai district, to assist the Dharmapuri Collector in disbursing the amount to the 326 families of Natham Colony, Annanagar, Kondampatti and Chengalmedu.
On Thursday, A.. Navaneethakrishnan submitted that cheques were ready in favour of the individual victims. He said Mr.Sagayam is presently functioning as Managing Director, Cooptex and so that Dharmapuri District Collector may be directed to distribute the cheques in favour of individual victims.
The First Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, directed that Dharmapuri Collector distribute the cheques forthwith.
The Dharmapuri district administration began on Thursday the distribution of solatium to the families of Dalit colonies that were attacked at Naickankottai village on November 7 last year.
Thirty-one out of the total number of 35 affected families in Anna Nagar received cheques from District Revenue Officer P. Ramar on Thursday. The total amount allocated for the 35 families in Anna Nagar is Rs.53.26 lakh. The total amount of solatium for 190 families of Natham Colony was Rs.3.61 crore while it was Rs.3.18 crore for 99 families in Kondampatti and one in Sengalmedu. The cheques for the people would be given to them on Friday.