Martyred jawan’s villagers go on flash dharna over ‘govt’s apathy’

The state administration was left in a tizzy on Saturday as residents of Sher Nagar village in Mathura and family members of martyred Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was beheaded by Pakistani troops, staged a dharna at the village crossing demanding that Hemraj's head should be brought back.

Residents also expressed anger saying that despite Hemraj's sacrifice no one from state and Central government has come forward to meet the family. Hemraj's family also demanded that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should come to their village. In the late afternoon, dharna was called off after politicians from different parties and officials of district administration met the family and assured them to take up their issue.

Hemraj's younger brother Jai Singh said they were annoyed because in the last four days, no one from the state government visited them. He added while the Chief Minister visited the house of Delhi gangrape victim in Ballia, "he had no time for the family of Army jawan who laid his life in the service of the nation".

Jai Singh said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh visited the native village of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of Reewa district, who was killed along with Hemraj, and attended the funeral. "But no one from the state government have time to meet us," he added.

Hemraj's elder brother Pooran Singh said they withdrew their agitation "considering the fact that it would not be an easy task for anyone to bring the head of my brother". "So we did not raise the issue with the politicians and district administration officials who came to us requesting to end the agitation," he added.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate Anil Kumar Mishra said when they went to the village some locals were present at the place where dharna was organised and no family members of Hemraj were present. "We heard their demands and assured to fullfilled them soon," said Mishra. He said people sitting on dharna were demanding that a park, degree or inter college and a road should be named after Hemraj.

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