Lucknow: Strongly condemning Sukma Naxal attack that claimed the lives of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shrikant Sharma on Tuesday asserted that Rs. 30 lakh compensation will be given to the kin of the personnel who were killed in the attack.
“Rs. 30 lakh compensation will be given to the kin of CRPF personnel who were killed in the Sukma attack,” said Sharma.
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 50 lakh compensation for the kin of the two CRPF personnel from the state, who lost their lives in the Sukma attack.
Also, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced an ex-gratia of Rs. five lakh as compensation for the kin of Punjab CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Sukma attack.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. five lakh as compensation for next of kin of CRPF jawans from Bihar, who lost their lives the attack.
Earlier this day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the state government will give jobs to one family member of the three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were killed in the Sukma attack.
She also said that Rs. five lakh would also be given to the families two other CRPF jawans of the state who were killed in Sukma attack.
Even, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami condoled the death of four CRPF personnel from the state who were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh and announced a solatium of Rs. 20 lakh each to their families.
The attack took place on personnel of the CRPF’s 74th Battalion as they were assisting the local population in road building activity in the district.
The Centre, earlier in the day, assured action against the perpetrators of the ‘cold-blooded murder’ in Sukma.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Centre and state government would work together to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
Singh, who paid homage to the jawans during a wreath laying ceremony in Raipur on Tuesday along with his deputy Hansraj Ahir and Chief Minister Raman Singh, said this cowardly and unfortunate act exposes desperation and frustration.
“It is a cold blooded murder by the extremists. The Centre and state governments will work together and take action in this regard,” Rajnath told a joint press briefing with the Chief Minister here.
Condemning the attack, the Home Minister said that the sacrifice of the jawans would not go in vain.
He further said that the Centre if needed would review and also revise the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) strategy, adding a meeting of officials of various state governments has been called on May 8.