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 10 Mizo jawans, who died in Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh last year.

Consoling the bereaned families of the Chhatisgarh heroes, State Home Minister Pu Tawnluia reiterated that the government had declared the slain jawans as 'martyrs' and that not only their families, but the entire nation had 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 next of kin of each jawan will 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 informed that he had been assured by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil that the 2nd Indian Reserve (Mizo) battalion would be pulled out of Chhattisgarh hopefully by next October after two years of their deployment there.

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