The Bihar government had recently issued a cheque of Rs 5 lakh for the family of martyr Ranjit Kumar who was killed by Maoists in Sukma in Chattisgarh. But in a big embarrassment for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the cheque issued to the martyr has allegedly bounced.
When the family members of the martyr deposited the check issued to them, they were told that the account from which the money needs to be given does not have sufficient balance, a report on CNN-News 18 said. The report also states that the cheque was issued by the district administration from an account of HDFC bank.
Nitish had announced a compensation for the kin of the deceased CRPF trooper Ranjit who hailed from Sheikhpura district in Bihar and the cheques were reportedly handed over to the families during the funeral of the slain jawan.
Ranjit was one of the six CRPF troopers from Bihar who were killed in the ambush by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
Hitting out at the Nitish Kumar government, BJP leader Mangal Pandey said that the act is a show of disrespect to the martyr’s family. “It was callous of the government to issue a cheque from an account without sufficient balance,” he said.
Earlier too, Bihar government had to face the embarrassment when family members of CRPF trooper Abhay Kumar did not take the cheque given to them by the state government. A close relative of Abhay Kumar told news agency IANS, “We have refused to accept the cheque of Rs. 5 lakh as compensation announced by the Bihar government. Is this amount an honour or humiliation for someone who sacrificed his life fighting against an enemy of the country.”