Naik Sachidananda Mallick fought at icy heights of Drass during the 1999 Kargil war till his last breath but 10 years later his wife and parents are involved in a legal battle with each other to claim the compensation package.
His wife Nibedita got the entire Rs 22 lakh package, which came her way from the Army and private organisations leaving nothing for Sachidananda's old parents.
After the Kargil war such stories are common in various courts of the country but not in Punjab, where it has been decided to pay some ex-gratia to parents also.
"We decided to give ex-gratia of Rs two lakh to parents of married martyrs as additional relief," (Retd) Brigadier Inderjit Singh Gakhal, Director of the Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Punjab said.
"This we did because wives of many martyrs of Kargil left their in-laws, to fend for themselves, after receiving the package," he said, adding "many of these parents were physically challenged and leaving them in their desperate state would be the highest order of disrespect towards the sacrifice done by the martyrs."
The practice started in the state after the case of Kargil martyr Sepoy Jaswinder Singh of 8 Sikh Regiment came to light. Singh's blind father and sick mother were left to live in penury by his wife, who took the compensation package and went to live with her parents.