Raipur: CRPF Jawan Purnanand Sahu was killed while fighting for the people of the state in the forests of Naxal-affected Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. President of India Ram Nath Kovind honored ‘Shaurya Chakra’ posthumously to Purnanand at a function organized in Delhi. His mother received the award. When the martyr’s family including his mother reached Raipur airport on Thursday, neither the administrative nor the CRPF officers came to receive them.
They did not even have a car to return home. The office bearers of the ex-servicemen organization have strongly opposed this as some officials of the district administration and CRPF were informed about this but no one came. BJP leader Gauri Shankar Srivas sent the family of the martyr to their home village Jangalpur in Rajnandgaon district in his car.
A spokesman from Ex-Servicemen Organization said Shaurya Chakra is not a small thing. We are retired from army and understand its importance, so we reached here to welcome the martyr’s mother. CRPF or administrative officers should also have come. We can do so much to encourage the family of a martyr; after all, he sacrificed his life for the people of Chhattisgarh.
Expressing displeasure over the incident BJP leader Gauri Shankar Srivas said that the martyr’s mother, who returned with a medal from the President did not received the respect of her share. This is unfortunate. Didn’t expect such a behavior from the officials of CRPF and district administration. I sent the family on my own car as they have no means to return to their home village.
Meanwhile, Purnanand Sahu was killed two years back in a Naxal encounter in Pamed area of Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. He was about to get married a month later. 27-year-old Purnanand was selected for CRPF in 2013. For a long time he was posted in Bijapur area. Purnanand’s uncle Prakash said that he received training in Neemuch.