Bedridden for 17 years, ex-ITBP sepoy seeks govt help
Singh fought for the country and lost his legs during a terrorist attack.Now, he has to live in a ‘kaccha’ house of two rooms with his wife and three children.Updated: Jul 28, 2018 13:21 IST
Bedridden since past 17 years, a landless ex-serviceman, Nirbhay Singh, 45, is paralysed waist down due to a spine injury. A native of Kumbarwal village in Dhuri sub-division of Sangrur, his life has been restricted to a bed.
Once a soldier, he fought for the country and lost his legs during a terrorist attack.The ex-sepoy has to live in a ‘kaccha’ house of two rooms with his wife and three children.
Singh terms his life as hell, given that he needs the help of his wife Anguri Devi and children with every small thing, since 2003.
He joined the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in 1993. On April 24, 2001, their post in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, was attacked by terrorists. “The blast claimed two lives and I got severe injuries on my spine,” Nirbhay recalls.
“After three months’ treatment, doctors declared my both legs dead, following which, I was sent on a medical pension in 2003.The government paid me ₹26,000 cash and started a ₹1,000 pension, which is little to survive on. I wrote to the then chief minister Parkash Singh Badal many times but no to avail,” said Nirbhay Singh.
Singh’s daughter is pursuing her BSc and sons are studying in secondary standard. “It is impossible to pay the tuition fees while running the house on this pension,” he said.
“My pension increased to ₹16,000 three years back but the amount is not enough, when your children are getting education in private institutes and one has to spend ₹6,000 on medicines,” he said.
Nirbhay’s wife Anguri Devi said, “We belong to a Dalit family and have no property. As my husband is bedridden from a long time, I have to be near him for assistance, due to which I can’t do any other job.”
Deputy commissioner (DC) Ghanshyam Thori said, he will look into the matter and send officials to the ex-serviceman’s house to inquire the case.
“I have asked the deputy director of Sainik Welfare Association to visit Nirbhay Singh’s home. Thereafter his case will be pursued,” said Thori.