Hunger strike by soldier's family 'petty': UP minister

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 14:54 hrs

Badaun: Uttar Pradesh minister for sports and youth welfare Ramkaran Arya on Sunday said the hunger strike by martyr soldier Hemraj's mother and wife will not solve the issue and it would be a "petty thing" to do so on the matter.

Arya told reporters here, "Hunger strike is not a solution. We do strike on problems. Being on strike will be a petty thing on this issue."

The condition of Hemraj's mother Meena Devi and wife Dharamvati, who are on a fast demanding the head of the decapitated jawan, has deteriorated.

According to villagers, they are on fast demanding head of the slain 13 Rajputana Rifles soldier, who was decapitated by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.

The absence of top state government official during the funeral of Hemraj was conspicuous enough to invite criticism.

When asked about the state government's alleged apathy, the minister said that the DM and SP should have reached here.

However, SDM Mathura said a helipad is under construction since UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is expected to visit the village.

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