Capt. Amarinder announces Rs. 5 lakh ex-gratia for Punjab soldier killed in Sukma attack

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 5 lakh as compensation for the next of kin of the Punjab soldier who was among the 25 CRPF personnel killed in the Sukma Naxal attack.

The compensation amount will be handed over to the family of the martyred soldier, Inspector Raghbir Singh, an official spokesperson said here.

Inspector Raghbir Singh, a native of village Sathiala in Amritsar district, was part of the 74th Battallion of CRPF, which was targeted in one of the worst ever Maoist attacks in Burkapal area of south Sukma district of Chhatisgarh on Monday.

Expressing grief at the senseless act of violence, Captain Amarinder urged the central government to work on a comprehensive policy to deal with the Naxal problem. Naxalite violence has escalated in recent years, claiming many innocent lives, with security forces often forced to bear the brunt of their actions, the Chief Minister observed, adding that his government would support any efforts to tackle the issue.