Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t show up; martyr’s family cremates body

It took much effort from ruling Samajwadi Party leaders and government officials to cajole and pacify the bereaved family to perform the last rites as the CM did not turn up.

By: PTI | Sambhal | Updated: October 18, 2016 10:25 pm
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The last rites of Sepoy Sudhesh Kumar, killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the LoC, were performed this evening with full state honours, though Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav did not attend the rituals, as insisted by the martyr’s family. It took much effort from ruling Samajwadi Party leaders and government officials to cajole and pacify the bereaved family to perform the last rites as the CM did not turn up. Hundreds of locals, including from neighbouring villages, bid a tearful adieu to their brave son when his body was being taken to the cremation site in a procession.

The funeral pyre was lit by his brother Anil Kumar in the presence of AD, Rajesh Yadav; SP Balendu Bhushan; and local unit president of Samajwadi Party Firoz Khan, among others. Earlier in the day, the martyr’s father Brahmpal Singh was insisting he would cremate the body only when the CM visits there.

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He had said the CM had gone to a martyr’s house in Etah “as he was a Yadav”, he should also come here as there should not be any discrimination between martyrs. The officials and local SP leaders made all out efforts to get the family agree to the cremation. ADM Yadav said the chief minister has called the family to Lucknow on Thursday for a meeting and they have been informed about this.

He said an assurance has also been given over their other demands like construction of a school and road to the village. Sudhesh Kumar’s mother Santosh Kumari had also demanded a government job for the soldier’s widow. “If we get financial help we will ensure proper education of his four year-old daughter so that she too can join the army and serve the country,” she had said.

DM Bhupendra S Chaudhary said a cheque of Rs 20 lakhs of ex gratia on behalf of the state government will be handed over to the widow. Sudesh, hailing from Sambhal district in the state, was killed when Pakistani Army opened indiscriminate unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri sector on Sunday.

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  1. D
    Oct 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm
    Why to invite dirty politicians, when a Jawan sacrifices life for the country. They die for a noble cause, so the presence of cheap politicians will degrade their last journey.
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      IML sood
      Oct 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm
      One should not forget that he is after all Mulla Mulayam's son in company of Azam Khan.
      1. B
        Oct 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm
        Sudhesh Kumar's family should have asked for the presence of prime minister not the chief minister as Sudhesh Kumar laid his life for the country not for the state.
        1. D
          Oct 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm
          this madar*hod was licking muzzie .lt;br/gt;someone kick this mother*ucker
          1. V
            Vivek narain
            Oct 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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              Palash Singh
              Oct 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm
              Failed US policy responsible for all this. US sanctions on Russia and low oil prices forced Putin to kneel down to Xi. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;US spent over $30bn in Coalition Support Funds (CSF) to stan. Why send $$ which will be used against US forces in Afghan?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;US should accommodate Russian interests; use Tajik, Uzbek and Turkmenistan as transit. Modi needs to send this message to Americans. Vested interests will not allow this. Esp in State Department.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Time for policy change in USA.
              1. E
                Oct 19, 2016 at 2:18 am
                just imagine, if any Muslim solder dies??(Very very few Muslims serve in Army, because they never consider India as their motherland) w countries politicians from Sonia, lalloo, pappu, mulayam, kejri, Mamatha,Mayawathi, every body will for a Que to pay their respect and cry so loud ,worth watchinglt;br/gt;Its all because of lack of unity in Hindus, the day Hindus unite and vote as a single eny to a party which protects Hindu int rest ,irrespective of caste, all politicians will lick our ***es, they may even throw Muslims out of India
                1. V
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm
                  Why a CM is expected to visit every grieved family. The army always pays respect and there is policy in place for compensation. But yes, Congress and Samajwadi party made it a ritual that whenever a Muslim died, they would visit in hordes.
                  1. S
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                    Do you really expect the PM to be at every martyr's funeral. Think, is that his job? The defense minister should definitely visit the family, if he cannot make it to the funeral.
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                      VJ Singh
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm
                      Something seriously wrong with our thinking. A young man is pushed out of a train for trying to protect a girl from molestation and meets his death. Another youth is murdered for exposing corruption. Both were acts of bravery and the incidents forgotten. Here is a fauji paid to do his job and his death results in handsome social security. Everybody in the village wants more recognition and largesse. No thought for how the poor survive and how the cream is taken away by just 2% of our potion that consute the public servants.
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