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5 yrs on, promises made to Pulwama martyr’s family remain unfulfilled


JABALPUR: It was a lonely remembrance day for the family of Ashwin Kacchi in a Jabalpur village on the fifth anniversary of the

Pakistan-backed terror attack

in which he and 39 of his

CRPF colleagues

were killed. No one showed up on Wednesday to meet Kacchi’s family in Khudawal village, barely an hour’s drive from Jabalpur, while the many


made by the Madhya Pradesh govt remain just promises.

The family built a statue on their own as they were tired of waiting for the govt. After TOI reported the matter last year, govt promised to build a garden around it, but not a brick has been laid. The govt-given house is crumbling. A school was supposed to be built and named after him, but there is no sign of that either.
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Army and CRPF officers and some ex-servicemen – Kacchi’s brothers in uniform – garlanded the statue and a “kanya bhoj” was organised by the family, but no public representative or govt official set foot in Khudawal.

Kacchi’s family spent Rs 6 lakh building the statue. “During Ashwin’s last rites, and also during the inauguration of the statue that we built, administrative officials and public representatives had said that a school would be built in his name and the statue site would be developed as a park. But those are still just promises. Not a single official or representative turned up to pay homage to the martyr,” Ashwin’s brother, Sumant Kacchi, told TOI.

His niece, Priyanka Kacchi, said, “Whenever we talk to public representatives about the construction of a school in my uncle’s name or building the park that was promised, they say, ‘Haven’t you got Rs 1 crore from government?’ I think the sacrifice of any soldier should not be weighed in monetary terms. The martyrdom of jawans is made an issue in elections, but no one turns up to offer homage to them later. The house govt has given us is also in deplorable condition, promises remain


In Madhya Pradesh, govt gives financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the families of “martyrs”. A house is provided and a school is named after the fallen soldier. In Ashwin Kacchi’s case, govt provided Rs 1 crore and allotted a house, but other promises lie forgotten.
Even in Bhopal, govt took over a year to keep its promise to name a road after Group Captain Varun Singh, a Shaurya Chakra awardee, who died in the helicopter crash that killed CDS Bipin Rawat and 12 others. It took a series of TOI reports to get the administration to act on then CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s promise.

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