Protests were held in different parts of Bihar against the killing of five jawans at the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch and the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was burnt here today amidst anti-Pakistan slogans.
Four of the five jawans hailed from Bihar and they were killed yesterday during patrolling at the border.
As the news of the death of four Bihar jawans spread,protesters marched through the streets raising anti-Pakistan slogans in Begusarai,Bettiah,Chhapra and other places,reports said.
BJP workers burnt Nawaz Sharif’s effigy at Dak Bunglow road in the heart of the city.
Several trains,including Lichchhavi Express and a passenger train were stopped at Kopa Samhauta railway station between Chhapra and Siwan by neighbours and friends of Lance Naik Premnath Singh,who was among the four martyrs,demanding that the Centre to take direct action against Pakistan.
Two other important trains in this section – Vaishali Express and Bihar Samparak Kranti were diverted due to agitations,official sources said.
The wife of one of the slain soldiers Vijay Rai refused to take the compensation offered by the government and demanded military action instead.
“Can the Rs 10 lakh compensation bring back my husband? We don’t want compensation but strong military reply to Pakistan for killing my husband and other Indian soldiers,” a wailing Pushpa Rai told reporters at her native village at Bihta,about 50 km from here in rural Patna.
“How long will we accept attacks by Pakistan ? … Our soldiers are killed and beheaded … We will not accept any thing less than a military action against Pakistan which is perpetrating attacks on our soldiers,” she added.
Her sentiment were echoed by her husband’s elder brother Rajkishore Rai.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin and state funeral to the four soldiers from Bihar who were killed in the attack yesterday.
Kumar had visited Pakistan in November last and had met Nawaz Sharif.
Vijay Rai was recruited in Danapur Regiment in 2002 and is survived by his wife,a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter.
The jawan’s father late Netlal Yadav had also served in the army as does his younger brother Ajay Rai.
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi met the families of Vijay Rai and Shambhu Saran Singh at Bihta in rural Patna and Bhojpur district respectively and condoled their deaths.
Condemning the killing,Modi opposed resumption of peace talks with Pakistan and demanded strong protest over incidents of terror from across the border instead.
He alleged that the ‘weak’ UPA government was trying to ‘save’ Pakistan over the attack on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.