Prisoners at Tihar collect Rs 10 lakh for Uttarakhand

Prisoners in Tihar jail on Monday donated Rs 10 lakh for Uttarakhand flood victims.

A maximum amount of Rs 3.5 lakh has been contributed by inmates of jail number 2, where those serving life sentence are kept.

Inmates of the remaining nine jails contributed around Rs 6.5 lakh, said Sunil Gupta, Tihar law officer.

He said director general of the prison Vimla Mehra handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to provide help to the flood affected people.
The chief minister appreciated the inmates’ gesture and expressed hope that people from all sections would be inspired by it.

Gupta said the inmates made the financial contribution from the money they had earned by working in various projects of the jail.

He said the jail staff will also offer financial help for the Uttarakhand flood victims.

One crore by Delhi Police

Delhi Police on Monday announced that the force would donate Rs 1 crore for the victims of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, reports DHNS.

Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that senior officers and staff of all 180 police stations will contribute one day’s salary. Delhi Police has a total strength of more than 80,000 personnel.

“We have decided to contribute Rs 1 crore for the Uttarakhand victims from the salaries of our personnel to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund,” Kumar said at the flagging off ceremony of new PCR vans at India Gate.

Several security and other organisations have also pledged part of their salaries for the rescue and relief operations in the state. Uttarakhand government claims more than 670 people have died so far.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told mediapersons that the toll may cross 1,000 after the debris is cleared. Officials warn many more bodies are yet to be pulled out from isolated areas that are completely cut-off.

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