Harsh seeks ex-gratia of Rs. 1 crore to martyrs Imran Tak and Sohan Lal Bhagat

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New Delhi, 16-12-2017:   Seeking the indulgence of the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister towards the highly contemptuous treatment given by the state govt to the State martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Former Minister today sought adequate ex-gratia, gallantry awards and other welfare measures for the sons of the soil who laid down their lives white fighting armed insurgency in the state and elsewhere.  Regretting that while the perfidious BJP-PDP alliance continued to lavishly dole incentives and jobs to the surrendered militants, dependents of deceased stone pelters and subversives in the valley, it preferred to remain tight lipped over the announcement of ex-gratia for the families of the martyrs. He rued that it was a sheer irony that the traitors were enjoying all the luxuries of life in Kashmir but the tall pronouncements of Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh to provide ex-gratia worth Rupees one crore to the NoKs of martyrs failed to turn into reality in J&K. He made the aforesaid points in his petition submitted to the Prime Minister and Home Minister in New Delhi today.

Expressing serious concern over the humiliation and disrespect shown to the martyrs in the State, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh divulged that while the martyrs of other states were honoured and adequately paid the ex-gratia by their respective State governments, the government of J&K obnoxiously showed empty coffers to the bereaved families of the brave hearts. Eulogizing the valour of the Sub Inspector Imran Tak of Dudu-Basantgarh who was martyred while fighting the militants at Zakura in Srinagar last month, Mr. Singh said that the brave soldier could manage to eliminate one militant despite being critically wounded in the deadliest ambush attack. He said that it was due to the martyr’s indomitable resistance that another militant was apprehended by the security forces but the State government did not bother to announce any compensation for the NoK’s of the slain soldier. “In June, a deputy superintendent of police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched in the broad day light by a mob outside Srinagar’s main mosque. Furthermore hundreds of  Police personnel had been killed in the valley since insurgency broke out in the late eighties besides their several   homes had been ransacked by the suspected militants in recent months, but the announcement of ex-gratia and other benefits were still awaited by the families and dependants of these martyrs”, anguished Harsh said. He further apprised the PM and HM through his petition about the dis-respect shown to martyr Imran Tak whose body was carried by road and kept in transit mode for more than 20 hours by denying Helicopter services which is the normal protocol in such exigencies.

Recalling the supreme sacrifice of martyr Sohanlal Bhagat of Assam Rifles hailing from Bajalta, Nagrota who was killed in an IED blast in Manipur on Nov 13th this year, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh rued that the State government was yet to take the cognizance of the war heroes whose families deserved ex-gratia and other benefits with dignity and honour on priority. He further reminisced the highest sacrifices of several warriors of the State including Lance Naik Mohd. Naseer who was martyred during cross border firing in Poonch in July 2017, Capt. Tushar Mahajan of Udhampur who was martyred in Kashmir in 2016, Subedar Karnail Singh of Bishnah and Haveldar Ravi Paul of Samba who attained martyrdom in Uri attack in 2016, six martyrs of 6 Dogra regiment who attained supreme sacrifice in Manipur ambush in 2015,Naik Mool Raj of Jakh who attained martyrdom while fighting Pak militants in Pathankot, Constable Santosh Singh of Kathua and Constable Azad Chand of Chenani who were killed in 2013 Handwara terror attack besides others. Lambasting the State dispensation and BJP in particular for its treacherous character, Mr. Singh regretted that Saffron leaders had degraded their moral rectitude to such an extent that they were often seen conferring charity of few lakhs upon the NoK’s of martyrs.“BJP along with its ally PDP had been persistently disparaging the martyrs and glorifying the militants to tow the secessionist agenda in the State for remaining glued to power. It should not forget that martyrs had attained supreme sacrifice while serving the call of duty and they deserved token of tribute with honour and not petty alms”, Harsh reminded BJP.

Reminding Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about his pronouncements to provide Rs.1 crore ex-gratia to the NoKs of martyrs, Mr. Singh asked the BJP partnered State govt. to announce immediate ex-gratia compensation to the bereaved families of martyr Imran Tak and Sohan Lal Bhagat without any delay. He said that BJP which was already exposed for its demagoguery and cowardly surrenders owed an explanation to the people for remaining mute on the issue of martyrs. He said that Panthers party shall relentlessly oppose and expose the Saffron brigade for bringing disgrace to the revered State heroes until adequate ex-gratia compensation and other benefits with due respect and honour were ensured to their bereaved families.

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