Balwant Singh Mankotia President JKNPP along with other party leaders visited the house of martyr Rifleman Pawan Singh of 29 Assam Rifles who attained martyrdom while fighting with the militants at Jouti in Manipur on 22nd of this month.
Mankotia attended the cremation of martyr and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the father and the family members of the slain martyr at his native residence at Khanak Spalwama village of Heera Nagar tehsil in district Kathua. Mankotia revealed that it was a matter of shame for the BJP Govt in the centre as well as in the State that the nationalist people in J&K state and the belt force personnel in particular who stake their lives for the country were feeling insulted, humiliated and disparaged. He recalled that in a similar ambush by the Naxalites at Manipur last year 12 jawans of 6 Dogra attained supreme sacrifice for the Motherland out of which six hailed from Jammu region. He lamented the callous attitude of the State government towards the Jammu martyrs and disclosed that other jawans who belonged to Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pardesh ,etc .were paid compensation of Rs.10 to 20 lacs by the respective State governments but the families of Jammu martyrs were not paid even a single penny by the BJP partnered State government.
Mankotia maintained that the families of Jammu martyrs also wanted to live with dignity and honour but instead of getting moral and monetary support from the State government, they were forced to hold protest demonstration in the open for the compensation and other benefits. He said that while the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and other secessionists were glorified in the State, the heroes like martyr Pawan Singh were ignored and forgotten. He said that the treatment doled out to the martyrs in J&K dented the pride and self esteem of the bereaved families and lower the morale of the army men which was evident from the fact that not even a single Minister or legislator including the local leaders from the ruling parties and the opposition bothered to attend the cremation of the slain martyr.
Praising the role of the Indian Army in safe guarding the boundaries of the country, Mankotia demanded Rs. 20 lacs compensation to family of martyr Pawan Singh. He also reiterated his demand for the ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 20 lacs each to the families of other martyrs who sacrificed their lives in Manipur last year.
Prominent among those who accompanied NPP President included Ajay Singh, Balbir Singh, Rajesh Kamal, Jia Lal Verma, Rajinder Singh Manju, Satish Sharma besides others.