Home minister Rajnath Singh, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju and Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung paid homage on Wednesday to the victims killed in the BSF plane crash in the Capital.
During the last rites, a victim’s family member asked the home minister “Har baar sipaahi ki family hi kyun roti hai, Sir? (Why does only a soldier’s family cry every time?)”, while the son of another victim said he was proud of his dad and that “he sacrificed his life to save so many others”.
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Other family members questioned the authorities and demanded “outdated planes be replaced, do not want this tragedy to happen to someone else.” Another relative alleged that “He (victim) used to tell my sister (his wife) of “less maintenance” issue is there, and the govt wasnt buying new planes for them”.
Rijiju, however, said the “aircraft which crashed was not old or over aged as being reported”. He further stated, “the plane was inducted in 1995 and had a long life ahead.”
All the ten passengers onboard a Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft were killed after the plane crashed at Bagdola village in Sector 8, Dwarka in Delhi on Tuesday morning.
The BSF has promised Rs 20 lakhs to the family members of the victims from its internal insurance fund in addition to any compensation announced by the government.