Kerala govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial aid for family of CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama attack

The Kerala government on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh to the family of VV Vasanth Kumar, the CRPF personnel from the state who was killed in the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Press Trust of India February 19, 2019 15:52:16 IST
Kerala govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial aid for family of CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama attack
  • The state will also meet the educational expenses of the 44-year-old jawan's two children

  • A new house will be constructed for the grieving family, Pinarayi Vijayan said

  • The chief minister said steps will be taken to make permanent the temporary job of Vasanth's wife Sheena

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh to the family of VV Vasanth Kumar, the CRPF personnel from the state who was killed in the recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kerala govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial aid for family of CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama attack

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. PTI

A state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, also made the decision to meet the educational expenses of the 44-year-old jawan's two children — son Amandeep (5) and daughter Anamika (8).

Vijayan later told reporters that steps would be taken to make permanent the temporary job of Vasanth's wife Sheena, who is now working as an assistant at a veterinary university.

A new house would be constructed for the grieving family of the slain jawan, hailing from Wayanad district, he said.

"The government is sharing the grief over the killing of 40 CRPF personnel who had lost life in the terror attack in Pulwama.

One of our brothers, hailing from Wayanad, also was among them," the Chief Minister said.

"We have decided to extend helping hand to his family. For that, the government will give Rs 25 lakh as financial assistance to them--Rs 15 lakh to his wife and 10 lakh to his mother," he said.

Forty CRPF personnel were killed on February 14, in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kilograms of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

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