Yet to receive Rs 20 lakh promised by Muslim League 2 years ago: Rohith Vemula's mother

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Yet to receive Rs 20 lakh promised by Muslim League 2 years ago: Rohith Vemula's mother

Out of two cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh that she had received, one of them bounced.

Rohith Vemula's family is still yet to get a full compensation for a house they were promised from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) two years ago, says a report published by The News Minute.

IUML had promised Radhika Vemula, Rohith's mother, a sanction of Rs 20 lakh towards building a house for the deceased scholar's family.

According to media reports, a location was identified at a place between Vijayawada and Guntur. But two years on, the house still remains a dream for Vemula's family. They have been living in small rented houses all their lives.

"When Rohith died, I was just crying in the velivada and I had no idea about all the people coming and greeting me. At this time, these party members came from Kerala and said that they heard the news and heard that we were absolutely poor," Radhika told The News Minute.

"Within one month, they took us to Kerala and made us participate in a big meeting with around 30,000 to 40,000 people and promised that they would sanction Rs 20 lakh and construct a house for us," she added.

She also said that the IUML's youth wing, which Rohith was a part of, had promised her a cheque of Rs 15 lakh however that offer too is yet to materialise. She alleged the IUML gained good political strength because they had projected her as one of the main guests attending several meetings.

She said that after after women's rights groups put substantial pressure on the League, she was issued two cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh out of which one of them bounced.

CK Subair, general secretary of the Youth Wing of Kerala unit of Muslim League, had told The News Minute that the cheque bounce was a mistake.

"At first Vemula's family told us the retired officers association would give land for them. But since the association didn't give them land, the family has found an apartment to purchase. I have sent Rs five lakhs to them, cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh each, to pay as advance to buy the house. They withdrew money of one cheque. In the second one there was a mistake in writing the amount in figures, and hence the cheque was bounced. They could had informed us that it was bounced. I will send the cheque again. The five lakh is given as an advance to buy the house," he said.

Subair also promised to pay the remaining figure, stating, "We will pay the rest ten lakh when the procedures are over. We have set aside Rs 15 lakh for them and won't step back from the promise. Only thing is that we want to make sure that they get a house and that the money is not lost in anyway."

(All quotes have been used directly from The News Minute's article)

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