When Chennai was getting deluged from heavy rains, Tamil Nadu government was sleeping that is known to everyone. But when it came to being opportunistic, their party workers didn’t think before pasting Amma’s photos on relief materials and also taking control over relief materials, just to show how much concerned the govt. is. TASMAC liquor shops are operating at full swing and volunteers are being harassed but police protection is not at all there.
Now new problem has risen, trucks with relief materials are being looted and ransacked by mobs. The volunteers are under threat, but police is nowhere to be seen. This is first-person’s account of how the relief materials collected by him were looted by the villagers.
“How Relief Materials meant for victims of flood are being looted by the people of Cuddalore Villagers :-
Today working on flood relief on Cuddalore district has become very tough due to the attitude of the people of the district. The relief materials and medicines meant for the flood victims are being looted from the transport vehicles by villages who are not affected by flood. Friends from different parts of the country with so much of efforts have collected and purchased these materials for the flood victims. Villagers (men, women along with families) who are not affected by floods are blocking the trucks carrying relief materials and looting it. A drive in Cuddalore district will show you how it has become a fancy to block the truck carrying relief materials and targeting it. These people’s attitude are affecting thousands of people are who are very badly affected by floods. So much of Milk, Dress, Food Products, Sanitary Napkins etc were wasted. Thanks for the administration for being a mute spectator. Earlier it was political goons and now it is the villagers ….. Here in this video you can see how a whole truck was looted @ Kallayankuppam village near Perumal Eri.
These supplies were originally meant for the victims who have lost their homes in floods. These people were mostly rescued and kept in community centers, school and marriage halls. Some doctors whom we met at a cafe in the evening also shared similar experience.”
– Amirtharaj Stephen
Indian Express Journalist Arun Janardhanan reported more of such incidents
We just hope that the Tamil Nadu govt. and the police awake from the deep sleep they are in.