After a video purportedly showing civic body staff in Indore overturning a boy’s handcart, loaded with eggs, had gone viral on social media and triggered an outrage, Indore MLA Ramesh Mendola has assured 13-year-old Paras Raykar’s family of providing them with a house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, NDTV reported.
The MLA has also offered the boy a cycle and ₹2,500. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh provided the family with ₹10,000 and assured them of taking care of the education of Paras and his brother. The offices of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also assured the family of providing help.
Civic officials in Indore allegedly overturned egg cart of a small boy. The officials had warned that the egg cart would be seized if he did not leave the spot @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @INCIndia @INCMP @GargiRawat @RajputAditi @ndtvindia @ndtv pic.twitter.com/PnuqeLrbJh
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The incident took place on Wednesday (July 23) at Piplyahana square in the city when the civic officials had asked Paras to remove his handcart from spot saying he had not obtained permission for it. “They (officials) pushed the cart, following which the eggs fell to the ground and were broken,” Paras told reporters.
After the video went viral on social media on Thursday (July 24), both the public and politicians criticised the officials for their “insensitive” attitude. A public relations officer of the IMC said, “After strong objections by the public representatives over the Piplyahana incident, the ongoing drive of seizing handcarts in the city has been stopped till further orders.”
(With inputs from agencies)