Akhilesh Yadav assures help to Hemraj's family, Centre announces Rs 46 lakh compensation

Hemraj family

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today met the family of martyred soldier Hemraj and assured them that government will take all measures to help them.

Reaching the village, 160 km from Delhi and 50 km from Mathura, Akhilesh spoke to the family members of Hemraj this afternoon.

"The family have shown the strength to face this (tragedy). We have to stand by them. We should all support the family of Lance Naik Hemraj. We have assured that whatever demands they have made for village will be met," he told reporters here.

Pakistan Army regulars had infiltrated inside Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and killed Lance Naiks Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj on January 8.

The Chief Minister's visit came on the sixth day of the fast of Hemraj's family demanding that his severed head be brought back.

"We must stand beside them. We are with the family. We will help them in every possible way. We have given them Rs 20 lakh from the government fund and another Rs 5 lakh from the Kisan fund," he said.

Akhilesh said they know that money cannot make up for the family's loss but it is important that the sacrifice of martyrs are recognised.

Hemraj's wife Dharamvati, mother Meena and cousin Narendra have taken nothing but intravenous fluid as their condition deteriorated. Doctors are keeping a close watch and examining them at regular intervals.

Union Minister announces Rs 46L compensation to jawan's family

Union Minister Jitendra Singh met the family of Hemraj and announced that the government will provide Rs 46 lakh compensation to the slain jawan's kin.

Singh reached the house of Lance Naik Hemraj at the village, 160 km from Delhi and 50 km from Mathura, in the afternoon and spoke to the family.

"The government will give Rs 46 lakh. We are also talking to other ministries so that the family get a petrol pump," the Minister of State for Defence told reporters here.

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