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Sepoy wife says won’t touch compensation till India takes action

Pushpa Devi,wife of Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai killed on the border said she would not accept compensation till the Indian government took action against Pakistan

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
August 8, 2013 1:55:26 am

Pushpa Devi,wife of Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai killed on the border said she would not accept compensation till the Indian government took action against Pakistan.

Families of the soldiers from Bihar who laid down their lives for the nation,lodged a strong protest against the “lackadaisical” approach of the Centre towards incidents on the border. While people of Nayak Prem Nath Singh’s village blocked the Chhapra-Siwan Road for several hours demanding firm action,families of Lance Nayak Shambu Sharan in Bhojpur and Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad in Nautan,Chhapra shared similar sentiments.

Pushpa Devi said her husband Vijay Kumar Rai would surely be remembered for sacrificing his life for the country,but the Centre must take concrete action against Pakistan and not just “condemn the incident in the strongest words”.

“I will not touch the compensation cheque till I see the Centre taking stringent action against Pakistan,” she said.

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Brijnandan Rai,brother of Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai,said his village and several Bihta villages had a lot of youths serving the Defence forces. “Villagers are upset with our government sitting idle after such a big incident. Our soldiers were decapitated not too long ago. We have reasons to be angry,” said Rai.

Nayak Prem Nath Singh’s fellow villagers at Kopa in Chhapra blocked road traffic till evening. Protesters pelted stones at police. Kopa villagers said the Centre had “not been showing any great sense of urgency” in dealing with the situation. Sapna Devi,wife of Lance Nayak Shambhu Saran,still cannot believe the sad news.

She remained inconsolable. Bihar government has announced a state funeral for the four soldiers.

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