Wife of 1965 India-Pakistan war hero calls off protest

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Lucknow, Aug 31 (ANI): Rasoolan Devi, wife of the winner of Param Vir Chakra Havaldar Abdul Hamid has called off her sit-in protest three days after the State Government of Uttar Pradesh assured her and asked for ten days time to get her grandson a job.

Old and frail octogenarian Rasoolan Devi along with her grandson Mohammed Shameem started a sit-in protest on August 28, demanding that the State Government should fulfill its promise to get her grandson a job.

She accused the State Government for forcing her to come out of her house.

"My grandson is going through a lot. Why should I stage a sit-in protest if my grandson gets a job?" said Rasoolan Bibi, Abdul Hamid's wife.

She called off the protest on August 30 after getting the government's assurance.

However, her grandson Shameem continues his hunger strike until he gets a job.

"A job and five lakhs rupees as financial aid were announced on September 22 through Veer Shankar Pandey. I have got the money but I'm still waiting for the job. For this, I have gone on a hunger strike. My grandmother has come to ask about my well-being. She assured me that she will support me until my demands are met. We have to get this job," he said.

Abdul Hamid was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

In 2007, the Bahujan Samjwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh promised a job for her grandson but nothing has been done until now. (ANI)

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