The family of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who died while fighting terrorists at the Taj hotel on 26/11 last year has refused the petrol pump offered by the Maharashtra government.
“I am not interested in making money by running the petrol pump,” said K. Unnikrishnan, the father of the slain National Security Guards (NSG) major on Thursday. “I cannot manage a business as I have been an employee all my life.”
The former Indian Space Research Organisation employee has asked authorities to hand over the petrol pump to the army for its welfare activities.
The government allotted dealerships of petroleum products to families of the 18 martyrs of 26/11. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, at a function on the first anniversary of the attacks, handed over keys to the dealership facilities to five families.
Chidambaram, however, was upset to learn that allotment to six families was delayed due to unavailability of land. “Why should there be a delay in finding the land for these six families?” Chidambaram asked.
“I am not saying rules should not be followed but if there is any problem let the rules be amended.” Chidambaram publicly urged Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to expedite these cases.
Chavan said, “The problem is being sorted out and we will solve the matter soon.”
Vinita Kamte, wife of slain Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, has been allotted a petroleum outlet at Dapoli, Pune.
Vineeta Bisht, wife of Hawaldar Gajendra Singh of the NSG who was killed at Taj, was given an outlet at Hardwar, Uttarakhand.
Madhavi More, wife of Police Sub-Inspector Prakash More who died at Marine Drive, said that the dealership would help her family. “We have suffered a lot in the last one year,” said More.