Ex-gratia given to families of Chhatisgarh martyrs

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Aizawl, Jul 17(UNI) An ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh each was today given to the next of kin of the ten Mizo jawans who died in Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh last year.

Consoling the tearful families of the Chhatisgarh heroes, the state home minister reiterated that the government had declared the slain jawans as martyrs and that not only their families but the entire nation mourned their death.

The ex-gratia handed over today was a combination of Rs 7,50,000 from the ministry of home affairs and Rs 3,00,000 from the state government.

The home minister said each next of kin has to receive another Rs 14 lakh, that is Rs 10 lakh from the Oriental Insurance Company, Rs 3 lakh from the Chhattisgarh state government and Rs 1 lakh from the Police Group Saving Link Insurance Scheme. He added that the Chhattisgarh government had already sanctioned the amount.

The minister further reported that he had been assured by the union home minister that the 2nd Indian Reserve (Mizo) battalion would be pulled out of Chhattisgarh hopefully by next October after two years of deployment there.

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