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IAF chief offers help to Dadri victim’s family

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, has come to the rescue of the family of an Indian Air Force corporal whose father was lynched to death over rumours of beef eating at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. The Air Chief Marshal told presspersons here on Saturday that the Air Force was in touch with the family and was looking to move them to a secure military locality.

“I am also planning to meet the air warrior and extend all support to look after him and his family’s welfare,” the Air Chief Marshal said. This was the first clear statement from a senior government functionary explicitly showing sympathy for the victim. “It is very unfortunate that a serving Air Force employee’s family has been adversely affected, resulting in death in the family,” he said. Such acts were unacceptable and senior officers had reached out to the corporal.

Corporal’s family may be shifted to Air Force base

Union government functionaries such as Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma have termed the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaque in Dadri a mere accident and not a communal incident. Many BJP leaders have been giving inflammatory comments, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under criticism for his silence. “It is very unfortunate that a serving Air Force employee’s family has been adversely affected, resulting in death in the family,” the Air Chief Marshal said. Such acts were unacceptable and senior officers had reached out to the corporal.

Referring to corporal Mohammad Sartaj’s letter to the U.P. government not to let politicians politicise the issue, the IAF chief said: “Writing to the State or the Centre in this matter is superfluous because everybody has understood that such things cannot be accepted. Adequate actions are being taken by the governments at both the levels.” Mr. Sartaj, a flight engineer, is posted in an Air Force base in Chennai. Source said the family could be shifted to the same base or he could be transferred to another location to ensure that his family was comfortable.


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