Family of CRPF jawan martyred in Karan Nagar refuses Bihar govt’s aid of Rs 5 lakh

Mujahid Khan’s family refused the money, saying it was demeaning as families of army personnel are awarded Rs 11 lakh ex gratia by the Bihar government.

ARA (BIHAR): The family members of slain CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan, who was martyred fighting militants in Srinagar earlier this week, refused a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from the Bihar government on Wednesday, saying it was "demeaning" as Army personnel killed in such incidents get Rs 11 lakh.

The cheque was given to Khan's family in Bhojpur district's Piro tehsil where the slain CRPF constable's body was brought in the morning and the funeral held with full police honours.

Khan was martyred in a gunbattle with militants who had attacked the camp of the CRPF's 23rd Battalion at Karan Nagar in Srinagar on Monday.

"Khan's family has refused to accept the cheque. They are of the view that when Army personnel killed in such incidents were given Rs 11 lakh ex gratia, the substantially lower amount of ex gratia for paramilitary force jawans was demeaning," Bhojpur district magistrate Sanjiv Kumar said.

"We have written to the state home department about the grievance expressed by the members of the deceased jawan. The amount of ex gratia is decided by the department and only upon its approval can any change be effected," Kumar said.

Meanwhile, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary issued a statement in Patna demanding an apology from the Nitish Kumar government for the "insensitivity shown towards the sacrifice of the CRPF jawan, at whose funeral no minister or senior official was present".


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