Haryana villagers donate bricks, cement bags to build CRPF martyr’s memorial
CRPF personnel Ram Mehar, a resident of Kheri Man Singh village in Karnal district, was killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh recently.Updated: May 30, 2017 22:45 IST
In a unique show of community support for a CRPF martyr, an ‘akhara’ is being built in his memory in Haryana for which each villager will either donate a brick, a cement bag or a day’s wage.
CRPF personnel Ram Mehar, a resident of Kheri Man Singh village in Karnal district, was killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh recently.
The family of Mehar, who liked wrestling, has donated one and a half kanal land for the wrestling ring. Other villagers are too are pooling in to build the memorial. The initiative is the effort of a Chandigarh resident, Sanjeev Rana, who launched ‘Ek eent shahid ke naam’ (One brick in the memory of a martyr).
Under the initiative, Rana motivated people to donate at least one brick or a sack of cement in memory of those who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
“People should not rely on the government for construction of memorials or institutions for martyrs. With the involvement of locals, memorials can be built as martyrs belong to the people first,” Rana said.
“I met the family of martyr Ram Mehar and his younger brother, Ramesh Kumar, told me that his brother liked wrestling,” he said. The family runs a makeshift wrestling ring in the village where fifty youngsters practice daily.
“The family wanted to set-up a proper facility for wrestling. So, it was decided to make a proper wrestling ring in the village,” he said. The construction started after collecting building material from locals who donated bricks, sand and cement. It is expected to be functional in about two months.
First Published: May 30, 2017 22:45 IST