Beltangady, Apr 26, 2017: Inmates of endosulfan day care centre at Kokkada in Beltangady taluk on April 25, Tuesday got a tiny break. Sheikhul Mashaeikh Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib, spiritual head (Gaddi Nasheen) of Dargah-Ajmer Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty distributed 30 rice bags (each weighing 10 kgs) and fruits.
The spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah on behalf of his Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz RA Educational and Charitable Trust donated Rs 10,000 to the trustees of Mangaluru-based Seva Bharati, who have been managing the day care centre since April 1.
Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, known popularly as Dargah Dewan was visiting these parts for the state first time in order to meet his disciple Abdul Rasak Musliar residing in Kokkada. Dargah Dewan, who supports humanitarian causes across the world, decided to visit the centre, when informed about it.
Addressing the gathering, the spiritual head said he was saddened to learn that aerial spraying of endosulfan on cashew plantations had left a trail of crippling deformities and mysterious deaths. "Setting aside politicking, the state and central governments must respond for welfare of endosulfan victims," he said.
Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan interacting with Wenlock hospital’s Dr U V Shenoy directed the trustees of Seva Bharati to write a letter on what needs to be done for the centre and endosulfan victims to the Union health minister. "Send me a copy of the letter and I will pursue the issues with centre,’’ he assured.
His son Syed Nasserudin Chisty, Kokkada gram panchayat president V J Sebastian, Seva Bharati Trustee Prameela Rao, centre manager Shivaram Bhat, Subrahmanya Shagrithaya among others were also present. Indeed there is much that needs to be done in this sphere.