Those who were forgotten: Spotlight fades after massacre, kin of CRPF men left in the lurch
HT went back to the families of each of the 12 men killed on March 11 and found that high-voltage online campaigns and social media exhortations had translated into little relief on the groundindia Updated: Apr 29, 2017 19:57 IST
When her husband died last month in a Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, Rinki Yadav was showered with countless offers of condolences and financial help.
Local well-wishers, politicians and reporters flooded her modest home in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj and assured that a grateful nation would take care of her and the couple’s two children.
But more than a month after the death of her husband Ram Pal Yadav, a constable with the Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF), Rinki says the government hasn’t even released his salary for March, let alone pensions.
Neither has she heard from any of the hundreds of well-wishers.
“The messages stopped in three days,” says the 29-year-old, sitting next to her five and two-year- old boys in a one-room rented house.
Ram Pal was among 12 CRPF men who were killed in the Maoist-hit Sukma on March 11 while building a crucial road link that can scuttle the insurgents. An almost-identical attack just miles away earlier this week sparked a nationwide wave of sympathy for the paramilitary personnel.
But Rinki says the sympathy and good wishes didn’t help her tide over the crushing burden of daily household expenses. None of the promises of financial assistance have materialised.
“We are barely managing, the CRPF hasn’t credited his March salary nor is there any word about the pension,” she says.
The agency says normally all state and central government arrears were paid instantly to the families but pensions and salaries took between four and six months because of formalities.
“We are monitoring it, anyway,” said CRPF deputy inspector general M Dhinakaran.
Rinki’s story isn’t isolated. HT went back to the families of each of the 12 men killed on March 11 and found that high-voltage online campaigns and social media exhortations had translated into little relief on the ground.
The CRPF hasn’t credited his March salary nor is there any word about the pension RINKI YADAV, widow of Ram Pal Yadav (above), who was killed by Maoists in Sukma on March 11.
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(Compiled by Gulam Jeelani in New Delhi with inputs from Haider Naqvi in Kanpur, Sudhir Kumar in Varanasi, K Sandeep Kumar in Allahabad, Pradip Maitra in Nagpur and Abhinav Madhwal in Nainital)