Family members of the slain sepoy Vijay Kumar Ray, who were staging a dharna in their village in Patna district, upset at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar “giving them the cold-shoulder” and the “insensitive” statements of Bihar Ministers on the Poonch ambush, ended their protest on Saturday after Army officers assured them that their demands would be met.

“We spoke on the phone with the GOC [General Officer Commanding] Bihar and Jharkhand, and officers from the Danapur cantonment. We have placed our demands that the government should take care of the welfare of the family. Ray’s two children should receive the best education and his wife should be given a job government service,” Brijnandan, younger brother of the jawan, told The Hindu.

Ray’s two children and wife Pushpa Devi and the extended family went on a day’s fast on Friday demanding action against Pakistan.

“The government has not taken any action against Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is silent on the issue of giving a strict reply to Pakistan. To top it all, Ministers in Bihar are giving statements that terrorists are responsible for the incidents. They are making a mockery of the sufferings of the families,” said Brijnandan.