The grief-stricken mother of N. Sathish Shetty (26), who was among the seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed in the militant attack in Bemina area in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday, has demanded strong action from India against the perpetrators of the attack.
“That will be the real tribute to my martyred son,” Savithramma said on Thursday.
“The Pakistani Army and militants from that country have been killing Indian civilians and soldiers... I wonder why the Centre and the Indian Army have been tolerating such horrendous attacks,” Ms. Savithramma, who lost her husband two years ago, said. Her elder son, Harish Shetty, a soldier with the Indian Army, is posted in Punjab. Ms. Savithramma said she would never allow Mr. Harish to quit the Army.
Sathish’s body is expected to reach Mandya by Friday morning, B.N. Krishnaiah, Mandya Deputy Commissioner, said. The body would be taken in a procession from the police parade ground in the town to Halambadi at 7 a.m. where the funeral would be held with full State honours, he said.
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who mourned Sathish, on Thursday announced a relief of Rs. 5 lakh to his family. Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar, principal donor of the Flags of Honour Foundation, announced Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to Ms. Savithramma. “The foundation will stand by her for any other support she requires as she copes with her loss,” he said in a press release.