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Modi govt leaves families of slain Indian soldiers high and dry

 

New Delhi: The Modi-led Indian government has left the families of killed Indian troops in Manipur and elsewhere at the mercy of extreme poor conditions.

The story of a Border Security Force Constable Ranjit Yadav is a good example to explain the ordeal of the families of slain Indian troops.

Three months after Constable Ranjit Yadav was killed in a crossfire between two communities in violence-hit Manipu state, his family still awaits any compensation from New Delhi. Constable Ranjit Yadav, who was posted with the 163 Battalion, was the lone breadwinner in his eight-member family, residing in Kankinara of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

Kaushalya Yadav (34), his widow, says, “Ranjit left home saying that we will find a suitable boy as groom for his younger sister, once he is back. We didn’t know he would not be able to keep his promise.”

Over the past four months, violence in India’s northeastern state of Manipur has raged between the Meitei and Kuki communities, resulting in the loss of over 160 lives, including that of Ranjit Yadav.

Kaushalya had approached the Manipur government twice for compensation. But she hasn’t received any money, from either the state government or the Modi’s New Delhi government.

Ranjit was deployed in the state since May 3, when violence broke out. On the night of June 5, he spoke to Kaushalya over the phone.

On June 6, Ranjit sustained a bullet injury near his chest and was rushed to the Jitan Hospital in Kakching where he was declared dead. A BSF official said suspected Kuki miscreants resorted to indiscriminate and heavy firing targeted at BSF troops deployed at the Serou Practical High School. Two soldiers from Assam Rifles were also injured on the same day.

Ranjit’s body was brought to the family on the same day, i.e., June 6. “I told our 11-year-old that his father will never come back. The truth will make him strong,” Kaushalya said.

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