Family of slain soldier Sudesh Kumar calls off indefinite fast after meeting Yogi Adityanath

The protesting family members of a soldier, who was killed in Pakistani firing in 2016, on Sunday agreed to end their indefinite fast saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had promised to visit their village.

PTI May 21, 2017 20:07:47 IST
Family of slain soldier Sudesh Kumar calls off indefinite fast after meeting Yogi Adityanath

Sambhal (UP): The protesting family members of a soldier, who was killed in Pakistani firing in 2016, on Sunday agreed to end their indefinite fast saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had promised to visit their village. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who was on an official tour to Moradabad, met the father, brother and an uncle of deceased sepoy Sudesh Kumar on Sunday. According to family members of the deceased soldier, Adityanath promised to visit not only their village but also those of other jawans, who have laid their lives for the country.

Family of slain soldier Sudesh Kumar calls off indefinite fast after meeting Yogi Adityanath

File image of Yogi Adityanath. PTI

"The chief minister assured us that development work will begin in our village...He also said that he will visit the house of every slain soldier of Uttar Pradesh," Manoj Kumar, brother of Sudesh Kumar, who was killed along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, said. Adityanath also promised that work for starting an inter-college in the village will begin soon, he added. Manoj Kumar said that Uttar Pradesh's Minister of State for Social Welfare, Scheduled Castes and Tribal Welfare Gulabo Devi will now visit the family to facilitate the ending of their fast.

The soldier's family had been agitating claiming non-fulfilment of promises made to them. They had also demanded that the CM should visit them. The health of the deceased soldier's wife Kavita and mother Santosh Kumari had deteriorated as their indefinite fast entered the third day on Sunday. Dr Neeraj Sharma, who inspected the health of the family members on Sunday, said that the blood pressure level of the slain soldier's wife and one of his cousins has dipped.

He had suggested that both of them must be hospitalised. On 19 May, villagers and family members of Sudesh, who laid down his life on 16 October, 2016, had sat on a fast in the Pansukha Milak village in this district, claiming that the promises made by the BJP leaders at the time of his death remained unfulfilled.

His mother Santosh Kumari had said if the chief minister did not visit them, she will commit suicide. The family members had said that they had been promised the sanction for a petrol pump, construction of a road and memorial in the village and renaming a village primary school in Sudesh Kumar's name, but none of the promises was fulfilled. We had lost trust in local leaders and that was the reason that we demanded that the chief minister should come to our visit our village, Anil Kumar, a brother of the slain soldier had said.

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