After Akhilesh visit, slain soldierís family ends fast
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The family of slain Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was beheaded by Pakistani troops in Poonch last week, ended their three-day-old dharna when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited their house at Sher Nagar village in Mathura on Monday afternoon.
While the CM offered financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh, Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, who also visited the family, announced a compensation of Rs 46 lakh.
Akhilesh offered fruit juice to Hemraj's aged mother Meena Devi and wife Dharamwati Devi, who had been fasting since Saturday. "Our dharna has ended. The CM gave juice to Hemraj's wife and mother," said Hemraj's younger brother Jai Singh.
Earlier in the day, BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and former BJP president Rajnath Singh visited the family.
Hemraj's family had been staging a dharna outside their house at Sher Nagar, about 70 km from Mathura district headquarters, to demand that the government should arrange to bring back his head. They also complained that nobody from the Centre or the state government had visited them in their time of grief, while Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan attended the cremation of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, Hemraj's comrade who was also killed. The two were killed near the LoC last Tuesday.
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