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Politicians projecting army as weak force: Rohtak martyr’s father

The martyr’s father, who is an ex- servicemen himself, says that he wants to pick the gun and join duty again to fight Pakistan and militants.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2018 10:05 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Rohtak
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Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar consoling the wife of Monu Kumar at his native village Basana in Rohtak district on Thursday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)

The father of Rohtak martyr Monu Singh on Thursday blamed the politicians over increasing Indian soldiers’ casualties at border. Surajan Singh, the bereaved father, made the statement minutes after Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited the family to pay condolences.

Monu, 28, a resident of Rohtak’s Basana village, had succumbed to bullet wounds at a Delhi hospital 10 days after he was injured in a militant attack at army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.He had married in November last year.

“Whatever is happening is due to politics of netas. The armed forces are not weak. Give them free hand and they will destroy Pakistan in four hours. But then how will these politicians of our country seek votes to win elections?” Singh said.

Monu belonged to the family of soldiers. His elder brother Sonuis presently serving as a sepoy in the army while his father retired few years ago. But the angry father now wants to join the army again to avenge his son’s death. “This is getting intolerable to see our young children dying everyday. I want to pick the gun and join duty again to fight Pakistan and militants. All ex-servicemen like me will come forward and strengthen the forces,” he said.

CM Khattar said the government will assure all help to the family as per its policies. The state government gives Rs 50 lakh to the kin of every martyr from state who dies in action.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 10:05 IST