Tribune News Service
Jammu, June 11
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday announced Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia relief to the family of the sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti who was gunned down by militants in South Kashmir on June 8.
Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu interacted with the family members of the Bharti and extended his deepest sympathies to them.
While paying homage to Bharti, the Lt Governor observed that the supreme sacrifice made by him. He said he would always be remembered and hoped that perpetrators of such dastardly act would realize their follies and desist from committing a crime against humanity.
Assuring full support from the UT Government, the Lt Governor handed over the ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of martyred Sarpanch.
The relief amounting to Rs 20 lakh, includes Rs 5 lakh from SRE, Rs 1 lakh as ex-gratia from government, Rs 4 lakh from Lt Governor Relief Fund, whereas, Rs 10 lakh out of Panchayat Welfare Fund would be released shortly.
Sarpanch Ajay Pandita was a resident of Panchayat Halqa Lukhbawan block Shahabad of District Anantnag. He is survived by wife, two daughters, father and mother.
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