Naveen Patnaik announces compensation for martyred jawan of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family members of CRPF jawan Pradeep Kumar Panda who died fighting militants in Kashmir on December 31.

Describing Panda as a “valiant son of Odisha”, Patnaik also announced a monthly pension of Rs 2,000 for the widow of Panda.

The amount will be given from the state government’s Defence and Paramilitary Personnel Relief fund, a release by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

“Saluting the valiant son of Odisha, Pradeep Panda who laid down his life for the motherland. He was the pride of @crpfindia for his gallantry. The braveheart will always live in our hearts and inspire us with his heroism,” the chief minister tweeted.

Panda who hailed from Liploi village in Sundergarh district was martyred in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31.

His body is likely to reach the village today.

Besides Panda, four other CRPF men were killed in the pre-dawn suicide attack on a camp of the paramilitary force.

The chief minister also expressed his condolence to the family of the martyred jawan.

“My deepest condolences for this tragic event. I share my deepest condolences to the members of his family and friends,” Patnaik told reporters here.