CM, Others, Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers from Bihar at Patna Airport

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paying tribute to fallen jawans of Pulwama attack at Patna Airport on Saturday.

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Patna: Expressing his grief over the death of 49 CRPF jawans in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir who perished in the hands of a Pakistan-sponsored suicide bomber last Thursday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday condemned the latest act of terrorism on the Indian soil saying the nation must give a befitting reply to those promoting such heinous acts so the sacrifices of the martyrs don’t go in vain.

Kumar, who was present at the Patna Airport to receive the bodies of two jawans from Bihar, said that India was very capable of retaliating against terrorist groups operating within the country and must do everything in its might so the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers are not wasted.

Announcing an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 11 lakh each to the families of the two slain jawans from Bihar along with an additional payment of Rs. 25 lakh each from the Chief Minister’s fund for a total of Rs. 36 lakh each.

Furthermore, the government will provide support to the victims’ families in terms of education, marriage, and other such events so they never feel they were alone and realize that the entire Bihar was behind them in their times of needs.

The martyrs were earlier identified as Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Mangal Pandey, Ram Kripal Yadav, Prem Kumar, Dr. C P Thakur, Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, Rana Randhir Singh, Nityanand Rai, opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav, other Bihar leaders and top bureaucrats were also present at the airport to pay their respect to the fallen soldiers.

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