Pulwama terror attack: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announces Rs 50 lakh for martyrs' kin

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has annouced a Rs 50 lakh ex gratia to the kin of the two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Of the soldiers who have been killed in the attack, two are from Maharashtra's Buldhana district: Nitin Rathod hails from Lonar taluka and Sanjay Rajput hails from Malkapur taluka.

PM Modi warns Pakistan, says terrorists will pay heavy price for Pulwama attack

In a hard-hitting speech, Modi said the "blood of the people is boiling" and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely be punished. "..Our neighbouring country, which has been isolated internationally, thinks such terror attacks can destabilise us, but their plans will not materialise," Modi said at a function to flag off the Vande Bharat Express.

"The life of a soldier is previous and we cannot put a price to it, but to help the grieving families, we have announced Rs 50 lakh for the kin of the martyred jawans from Maharashtra and the government will take responsibility of their rehabilitation," said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Sangli while addressing the public.

He said, "This is not old, this is new India. India will strike back will full force. We will take revenge of the attack and wipe out Pakistan's name from the face of this earth. Pakistan is a beggar country and we will show them its place."

"Fadnavis said that the entire country is disturbed and agitated today. "I want to ensure the families of these soldiers that they are not alone, the entire 125 crore Indians will stand with them," said Fadnavis.

The state government had recently hiked the the compensation to be given to the families of the martyrs. Besides the compensation, the families also get a piece of land from the government. The compensation was last hiked in 2016 and was made Rs 25 lakh from the previous 10 lakh.



Meanwhile, the Siddhivinayak temple trust too has announced compensation of Rs 51 lakh for the families of the soldiers. Chairman of the trust Aadesh Bandekar announced that their trust has approved the relief and the Rs 51 lakh will be handed over to the state government who will hand it over to CRPF for the relief of the martyred soldiers.

"We have taken this decision to extend help of Rs 51 lakh to the families of the martyred soldiers. We will inform the state government about our decision and once they approve it we will hand our the amount to the forces." Bandekar told TOI. The trust will also donate Rs 25 lakh to the Pune based Queen Mary's Technical Institute for differently abled soldiers that helps rehabilitate injured soldiers.

Officials from the state government said that the mortal remains of the two soldiers will arrive at Nagpur or Aurangabad airport by Saturday morning.

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