Family members of Sepoy Sudesh Kumar, who was killed in a firing by the Pakistani troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir last year, started an indefinite fast, demanding that the chief minister visit their village, here on Friday.
Villagers and family members of Sudesh, who laid down his life on October 16, 2016, sat on a fast in the Pansukha Milak village, claiming that despite promises by the BJP leaders, none of them had visited the family again.
His mother Santosh Kumari said that if the chief minister did not visit them, she will commit suicide, while his wife Kavita Kumari said that many politicians came and made various promises, but none have been fulfilled.
“I will commit suicide if the CM does not come,” she said.
“We were promised sanction for a petrol pump, construction of a road and memorial in the village and renaming a village primary school in Sudesh’s name by the BJP leaders, but none of these promises were fulfilled,” said Sudesh’s brother Manoj Kumar.
The martyr’s other brother, Anil Kumar, said that they had lost trust in the local BJP leaders which was why they were demanding that chief minister Yogi Adityanath should visit them.
Sudesh’s father Brahmpal Singh too in is on an indefinite fast.
The family had earlier refused to perform the last rites of the Sepoy till the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav visited them.
Brahmpal claimed, “The then chief minister had gone to a martyr’s house in Etah as he was a Yadav. He should have come here too as there should not be any discrimination between martyrs.”
Sudesh, hailing from Sambhal district, was killed when the Pakistani Army fired on the Indian Army posts along the Line of Control in Rajouri district.
As Akhilesh did not visit the martyr’s family, BJP leaders had made it a political issue during the assembly polls. BJP vice president Shiv Pratap Shukla, state general secretary Ashok Kataria and local MP Satpal Saini had also visited them and had assured all help.