The cheque given by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar to the family members of Sukma martyr Ranjit Kumar has bounced, Aaj Tak reports. This comes days after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s security detail had caused the trucks carrying remains of six Sukma martyrs to come to a halt to allow his convoy to pass. Nitish Kumar was on his way back after watching a movie. Bihar government had awarded a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the wife of the Sukma martyr. Kumar was one of the twenty-five CRPF men who lost his life in last month’s Naxal ambush in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
The bank concerned refused to honour the cheque over confusion related to the signature. The cheque was signed by outgoing DM Chandrashekhar Singh. The bank didn’t encash cheque as the account was now controlled by the new DM of Sheikhpura Dinesh Kumar, according to Aaj Tak.
The Sheikhpura DM Dinesh Kumar resolved the issue after speaking to bank representatives. Dinesh Kumar told media ‘Martyr Ranjit Kumar’s family can now get the cheque encashed without facing any problems’.
This is not the first instance Nitish Kumar government got embroiled in a controversy over martyrs. The family of Sukma ambush martyr Abhay Kumar refused to accept compensation from the Bihar government. As per a Bihar Times report Abhay Kumar’s family claimed that the compensation offered by Bihar government was ‘humiliating’. According to an NDTV report wife of a soldier killed in last year’s Uri terror attack also refused to accept Rs 5 lakh as compensation announced by the state government.
Also highlighted today is the fact that Nitish government which used to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the kin of martyrs has reduced compensation to Rs 5 lakh, according to India Today.