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Press Trust Of India
Khairair (UP), January 14, 2013
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday met the family of martyred soldier Hemraj and assured them that government will take all measures to help them. Reaching the village, 160 km from Delhi and 50 km from Mathura, Akhilesh spoke to the family members of Hemraj this afternoon.

"The family have shown the strength to face this (tragedy). We have to stand by them. We should all support the family of Lance Naik Hemraj. We have assured that whatever demands they have made for village will be met," he told reporters.

Pakistan Army regulars had infiltrated inside Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and killed Lance Naiks Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj on January eight.

The chief minister's visit came on the sixth day of the fast of Hemraj's family demanding that his severed head be
brought back.

"We must stand beside them. We are with the family. We will help them in every possible way. We have given them Rs. 20 lakh from the government fund and another Rs. 5 lakh from the Kisan fund," he said.

Akhilesh said they know that money cannot make up for the family's loss but it is important that the sacrifice of martyrs are recognised.

Hemraj's wife Dharamvati, mother Meena and cousin Narendra have taken nothing but intravenous fluid as their condition deteriorated. Doctors are keeping a close watch and examining them at regular intervals.