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BSF plane crash: Amid grief and anger, families and ministers bid adieu to victims

Rajnath Singh paid his condolences and met the family members of the troopers who were killed when the Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed, shortly after take-off on Tuesday.

By: IANS | New Delhi |
Updated: December 23, 2015 2:42:44 pm
bsf plane crash, border security force plane crash, dwarka bsf plane crash, dwarka bsf plane crash victims, rajnath singh, delhi news, india news, latest news Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the victims at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the troopers who were killed in a BSF plane crash in Delhi.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung also paid tributes to the victims. The ceremony was held at Safdarjung Airport.

Rajnath Singh paid his condolences and met the family members of the troopers who were killed when the Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed, shortly after take-off on Tuesday.

The bodies of all the 10 personnel will be handed over to their respective families after the ceremony.

Two of the nine BSF personnel hailed from Haryana. Three of them were residents of Uttar Pradesh, one from Bihar and the remaining two personnel belonged to Punjab and Odisha. All of them were currently residing in Delhi.

On Tuesday, nine BSF troopers and a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) co-pilot were killed when their plane flying to Ranchi crashed in Dwarka.

BSF Director General D.K. Pathak on Tuesday said: “An amount of Rs.15 lakh will be given from the BSF internal fund in addition to Rs.10 lakh, which is the ex-gratia from the government.”

Grieving family members of the ten personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) who lost their lives in a plane crash in Outer Delhi’s Dwarka area yesterday, today demanded that all outdated planes of the paramilitary force be replaced immediately.

“He (victim) used to tell my sister (his wife) about problems of related to maintenance of equipment and that the government wasn’t buying new planes for them. We demand that outdated planes be replaced. We do not want this tragedy to happen to someone else,” said a relative of a Dwarka plane crash victim.

“We demand seat reservation for paramilitary personnel so that our children get benefits. When it comes to welfare, the paramilitaries are sidelined,” said another relative.

[With ANI inputs]

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