Soldier Hemraj's wife, mother on indefinite fast, want his severed head found and returned

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 13:59 hrs

Uttar Pradesh: Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's wife and mother are on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to be shown the martyred soldier's severed head, reports said.

The 29-year-old soldier's extended family and relatives at Uttar Pradesh's Khairair village ended their fast on Saturday with the state government agreeing to their demands.

However, Singh's mother, Meena Devi, and wife, Dharamwati Devi said they would not be convinced that the jawan was dead unless they saw his head.

"We haven't had food or medicines. We aren't ready to accept Hemraj is dead until we see his head," Meena Devi said.

"I'm not ready to believe the person who got killed is Hemraj. I haven't seen the head, why should I believe?" said Dharmvati, reports said.

The family had earlier also demanded the same to Uttar Pradesh Minister Durga Prasad Yadav.

Shocked over the incident, both Hemraj's mother Meena Devi and his wife Dharmavati have refused to eat for the last few days.

29-year-old Hemraj hailed from Shernagar village in Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh.

On January 8, the two soldiers -- Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh -- were killed near the LoC by Pakistani troops. The jawans belonged to 13 Rajputana Rifles.

The mutilated bodies of Hemraj and his colleague, Sudhakar Singh, were found in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8. The incident sparked a diplomatic furore.

Killed jawan's father wants "befitting reply" to enemy

The distraught father of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, who was one of the soldiers killed in an attack by Pakistan Army across the LoC, wants that the neighbouring nation be given a "befitting reply" for the dastardly act.

"The government should respond to the dastardly act by the enemy (Pakistan Army) in a befitting manner. That will be the real tribute to my martyred son," Lance Naik Sudharkar Singh's father Sachchidanand Singh said after the cremation of his son on Friday.

"Hamari iccha hai ki dushman ka datkar muqabla karke usko usi ki bhasha mein jawab dena chahiye," (we want that the enemy should be dealt with in a befitting manner)," Singh told PTI from Dadia village in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh.

"Sudhakar was our strength and was supposed to come to the village on February 15-16, but now everything is lost," Singh said.

The 30-year-old deceased soldier, the youngest of the four siblings, had joined Army on April 7, 2002. He is survived by wife and four-month-old son Bhaskar.

When asked whether he was satisfied with Government of India's response on the issue, Singh said the government has its own responsibilities but this situation "demands an equally befitting action."

The martyred soldier's cousin Prem Singh said Sudhakar's father-in-law was also a retired Army man and despite losing his son-in-law, he wants his grandson to join the Army.

Fully supporting the views of the grief-stricken father, Prof Kailash Tyagi, from government MVM college in Bhopal, who is also the Ph.D guide of former Army chief General V K Singh, said, "It is not advisable to remain defensive beyond a point as it will lead to cowardliness."

Women lawyers in Lucknow demand soldier Hemraj's severed head back

Members of the All India Muslim Women's Personal Law Board took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops and the brutal killing of two Indian jawans.

Disapproving the untoward incident that took place along the Line of Control (Loc), the protesters raised slogans against the Pakistani Government.

President of All-India Muslim Women Law Board, Shaista Amber, demanded that Pakistan must respectfully return the head of the Indian soldier, who was beheaded.

Amber also demanded that India must break all relations with Pakistan.

"Pakistan must respectfully return the head of our Indian soldier, who was beheaded and his head was taken away. The Indian Government must break all relations with such a dreadful neighbour," said Amber.

"We want that the Pakistani embassy in India should be shut. If they talk of peace between the two countries then why are they fighting and why are they behaving such brutally with our soldiers," she added.

Two Indian jawans Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed by infiltrating Pakistani soldiers in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.

Hemraj's body was found mutilated, sparking a diplomatic face-off between India and Pakistan and tension along the LoC that separates the two countries.

Pakistan has denied India's claim that its troops crossed the LoC to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district.

MP govt gives Rs 15 lakh aid to martyred soldier's family

Madhya Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Nagendra Singh on Sunday handed over a cheque of Rs 15 lakh to the widow of martyred Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh at his ancestral village Dadhia.

Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh was killed in a brutal manner by Pakistan Army at the LoC in Mendhar sector of Jammu region on January 8.

The Minister handed over the cheque of Rs 15 lakh to the slain soldier's wife, Durga, as announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Later, when asked about the action India should take to deal with the situation, Nagendra Singh told mediapersons here that the Centre would take appropriate action at the right time.

After taking part in the funeral of Lance Naik Sudhakar at his ancestral village last week, Chouhan had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 15 lakh to the kin of the martyred armyman, a government job to his wife at the place of her choice and constructing a memorial in the village in his honour.

MLAs Kedarnath Shukla and Vihwamitra Pathak (both BJP), Sidhi Collector Masood Akhtar and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

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