Slain cop’s kin rebuke govt over ‘discrimination’ in compensation

  • Vinay Dhingra Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 20:19 IST

How long the compensation of Rs 10 lakh will work, the question haunts Chanda, wife of home guard Sukhdev Singh of Attepur village near here who was killed in the Dinanagar terrorist attack in Gurdaspur district.

Though the Punjab government has promised a job for her elder son Sukhavar Singh (19) in the Punjab Police, she seems to be worried about the future of her 15-year-old daughter and younger son (12) for whom she will have to toil hard in the absence of her husband.

After the state government announced Rs 25 lakh compensation next to kin of the slain Kapurthala superintendent of police (SP), Baljit Singh, and a job, Sukhdev’s family seems to be unhappy with the “discrimination” in compensation.

They want equal compensation to the families of all those cops who laid their lives fighting terrorists.

Chanda said Rs 25 lakh would have made her much more secure and confident of the future of her children.

Karnail Singh, brother-in-law of Sukhdev, said. “I am unhappy with the discrimination. The state government should use a single yardstick in announcing relief. The government must give a reckoning to it as it would come as a great help to the families of slain cops.”

Notably, the government is also drawing flaks from most of the opposition parties, including the Congress, which are demanding more financial relief the slain cops’ families.

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