Seeking CM’s visit, slain CRPF man’s kin on hunger strike

Parents of CRPF constable Babulal Patel, in whom Maoists had surgically inserted an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) after killing him, are staging a hunger strike against the state government for neglecting them.

Babulal's father Munni Ram (75) and mother Jagpat Devi (72) are staging the dharna outside Shivlal Ka Purva village, which is located on the Lucknow-Allahabad Highway. The dharna entered the third day today.

Munni Ram claimed that over a week has passed since his son had died but no one from the state government has come to meet them. "We want Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to come to the village and meet the family of Babulal who laid down his life for the country," said Babulal's cousin Madan Lal.

On Saturday, senior officials of CRPF met the family and handed over cheques of total Rs 16 lakh. "The DIG gave us three cheques — two of Rs 2 lakh each and one of Rs 12 lakh," Madan Lal said.

Babulal's brother-in-law Paras Nath said: "The state government has not provided any financial assistance to the family."

Others who are sitting on dharna are Babulal's wife Rekha (22), their relatives and local residents. National general secretary of Apna Dal Anupriya Patel has also joined the dharna demanding compensation for the family.

She said her party demands that Babulal's family should also be given Rs 25 lakh financial assistance, which was provided to the family of slain Lance Naik Hemraj in Mathura. She added that Babulal was victim of Naxalite violence and he had also lost his life for the nation.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Allahabad, Vivek Srivastava confirmed that CRPF officials gave Rs 16 lakh to the victim's family.

Babulal had joined the force in 2006 and was posted in Jharkhand. He was killed in an encounter in Latehar district. On January 9, security officials found his body. The body was kept in an isolation ward of the hospital in Ranchi, after doctors noticed stitches on the abdomen.

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