Mangaluru: Sheikhul Mashaeikh Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib, the spiritual head (Gaddinashin) Dargah-Ajmer Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty distributed 30 rice bags (each weighing 10 kgs), fruits to inmates of Endosulfan Day Care Centre in Kokkada in Belthangady taluk on Tuesday.
The Sajjadanashin (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 Kokkada Endosulfan Day care centre since April 1.
Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, known popularly as `Dargah Dewan' was visiting these parts for the 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, he said he was saddened to know that aerial spraying of Endosulfan pesticide on cashew plantations had left a trail of crippling deformities and mysterious deaths. ``Setting aside politicking, state and centre must respond in full measure to welfare of endosulfan victims,'' he said.
Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan interacting with Wenlock hospital's District Early Identification Centre (DEIC) Nodal Officer Dr UV Shenoy directed trustees of Seva Bharati to write a letter on what needs to be done for the centre and Endosulfan victims to Union Health Minister.
"Send me a copy of the letter and I will pursue the issues with centre,'' he assured. The 29th successor of Sajjadanashin (spiritual head) who had visited Udupi will return to Ajmer by Thursday. His son and `Uttraathikari' (heir) 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.
Earlier (DEIC) Nodal Officer Dr UV Shenoy highlighted how the aerial spraying of endosulfan pesticide had left thousands crippled and bed-ridden.