Chhattisgarh: In order to protect the reputation of the Government of Chhattisgarh, for asking a martyr’s family to return the money given to incur the expenses of his last rites, Union Minister VK Singh termed it to be a clerical error stating that the Congress will always blame them for everything but that does not mean that they are right.
Chhattisgarh’s Special Police Officer, Kishore Pandey was martyred in a Police-Naxal encounter, way back in 2011. The family of the deceased was asked to return Rs 10k for his last rights from the Police Welfare Fund.
After the embarrassing incident, Singh said to media, “Our martyrs must be respected. We have ordered that the Superintendent of Police be issued a show cause notice. The officer who issued the notice will be dismissed.”
Following the above mentioned statement, the Chhattisgarh Police abstained from recovering the money from the aggrieved family. Congress leader Shailesh Trivedi also said in the context, “First they gave his family the money and now they want it back. This is an insult to the martyr and his family.”