Martyr’s family agree to end fast after meeting CM Adityanath

Sambhal: The family of a soldier who was protesting for the killing of their son agreed to end their fast after meeting with the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today.

The CM, while on an official tour to Moradabad, met the father, brother and an uncle of martyred sepoy Sudesh Kumar on Sunday, according to a report by DH.

Adityanath promised to visit not only their village but also those of other soldiers, who have laid their lives for the country, the family members of the deceased had said.

“The chief minister assured us that development work will begin in our village….He also said that he will visit the house of every martyr of Uttar Pradesh,” Manoj Kumar, brother of Sudesh Kumar, who was killed along the LoC in J&K, told.

He also said that CM promised of initiating the work of an inter-college in the village soon. Uttar Pradesh’s Minister of State for Social Welfare, Scheduled Castes and Tribal Welfare Gulabo Devi will now visit the family to facilitate the ending of their fast, he added.

The soldier’s family had claimed unfulfilment of promises made to them. They had also demanded that the CM should visit them.

The health of deceased soldier’s wife Kavita and mother Santosh Kumari had deteriorated as their indefinite fast entered the third day today. The blood pressure level of the martyr’s wife and one of his cousins had dipped. They were suggested to be hospitalised, DR Neeraj Sharma informed.

Villagers and family members of Sudesh Kumar claimed that the promises made by the BJP leaders at the time of his death remained unfulfilled. His mother Santosh Kumari had said if the chief minister did not visit them, she would commit suicide.

The family also said that the promise of a petrol pump, a school in Sudesh Kumar’s name and road construction have remained unfulfilled by the government.

“We had lost trust in local leaders and that was the reason we demanded the chief minister to come to our visit our village,” Anil Kumar, a brother of the martyr had said.