Slamming the Modi government for not approaching the family of martyr Paramjit Singh, Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday said merely condemning the atrocities by the Pakistan army is not enough and the Centre should have raised the issue at the international level.
While paying tributes to naib Subedar Paramjit Singh, who was killed by the Pakistan army along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and his body mutilated thereafter, Mann said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that they would give a befitting reply to Pakistan, but he is “actually doing nothing”.
He said a probe should be carried out into the mutilation of the martyr’s body.
The Sangrur MP announced to give Rs 10 lakh from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund for establishing a library in the village after the martyr’s name.
He said that it is shameful that the Congress government in Punjab has announced to give only Rs 13 lakh to the family of the martyr while the AAP government in Delhi gives Rs 1 crore to the kin of any soldier from Delhi who gets killed in the line of duty.
Talking to the media, he refused to make any comment on his appointment as AAP president.
Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura handed over a cheque of Rs 2 Lakh to the martyr’s family on behalf of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). SGPC members Gurbachan Singh Karmuwal and Balwinder Singh Vein Poin were also present.
Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki, BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla, parallel ‘jathedar’ of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand, Taran Taran deputy commissioner (DC) DPS Kharbanda and Kullu DC Yunus Khan also attended the ceremony.