The family members of Mujahid Khan, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable who lost his life in the Karan Nagar encounter in Srinagar, turned down compensation from the Bihar government "since it wasn't respectable" as Army personnel killed in such incidents get Rs 11 lakh.
We have refused compensation by Bihar govt since it wasn't respectable. Rs. 5 lakh compensation was being given. : Chand Khan, brother of CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan who lost his life in Srinagar's #KaranNagar attack. pic.twitter.com/R3fYJ1vEao
— ANI (@ANI) February 14, 2018
The cheque was given to Khan's family in Bhojpur district's Piro Tehsil where the slain CRPF constable's body was brought on Wednesday morning and the funeral held with full police honours.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced in an official release ex-gratia payment for Khan's family, however, the amount was not mentioned in the release. Nitish also saluted Khan's bravery, and said his funeral would be performed with full police honours.
Khan was killed in a gunbattle with militants who had attacked the camp of the CRPF's 23rd Battalion at Karan Nagar in Srinagar.
"Khan's family has refused to accept the cheque. They are of the view that when army personnel killed in such incidents were given Rs 11 lakh ex-gratia, the substantially lower amount of ex-gratia for paramilitary force jawans was demeaning", Bhojpur District Magistrate Sanjiv Kumar said.
"We have written to the state home department about the grievance expressed by the members of the deceased jawan. The amount of ex gratia is decided by the department and only upon its approval can any change be effected", Kumar said.
Meanwhile, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary issued a statement in Patna demanding an apology from the Nitish Kumar government for the "insensitivity shown towards the sacrifice of the CRPF jawan, at whose funeral no minister or senior official was present".
Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018 21:17 PM