Defense Minister Rajnath Singh Assures Justice and Support to Families Amid Poonch Tragedy

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh Assures Justice and Support to Families Amid Poonch Tragedy

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday, pledged justice to the families of three civilians who reportedly died after being detained by security forces in Jammu’s Poonch district. He also visited five individuals allegedly tortured by security forces, currently undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital in Rajouri.

Noor Ahmed, a Border Security Force head constable, stated that the Defense Minister expressed condolences over the loss of their family members and acknowledged the wrongdoing in the incident. Singh assured that justice would be served and explained that the victims were not at fault, justifying the government’s compensation. However, he emphasized that no amount of money could truly compensate for the loss of a human life.

According to another family member, Singh inquired with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha about the government’s assistance to the families, learning that efforts were underway to secure government jobs for the next of kin.

Sadiq, whose nephew Mohammad Showkat was among the deceased, reported that they informed the Defense Minister of the injustice suffered by their innocent relatives and received assurance that justice would prevail.

During the meeting with the injured individuals, Singh sought information about their well-being and the medical care provided. Mohammad Betab shared their ordeal of being picked up and tortured by security forces. Singh, addressing the media before the meeting, reiterated the commitment to ensuring justice.

Expressing satisfaction with the government’s compensation and non-vindictive stance, Sadiq emphasized the importance of legal proceedings against those responsible for the deaths.

Earlier, two representatives from each victim’s family were taken to Rajouri town by the Poonch district administration to meet the minister. The day before, senior Army officers visited the families, assuring strict action, expressing solidarity, and informing them of an ongoing inquiry.

The district administration has promised Rs 30 lakh, a government job, and a 10 marla plot in Surankote to the next of kin of each deceased, already disbursing checks of Rs 10 lakh each.

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