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Anguish over activists’ death

Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN: Senior Congress leader and former chairman of the Uttarakhand State Activists Welfare Parishad Dhirendra Pratap has expressed anguish over the death of three Uttarakhand activists for want of funds for medical care over the past one year and demanded resignation of the Minister for Revenue and Civil Supplies, Devakar Bhatt.

“A senior Uttarakhand Kranti Dal leader, Mr. Bhatt was himself a firebrand activist during the separate State movement but seems to have turned a deaf ear towards the problems of the activists now after becoming a minister,” said Mr. Pratap, wondering how an activist-turned-minister could remain silent over the woes of the activists.

The three activists who have died seeking funds for medication over the past year include Dalip Singh Rawat of Lohaghat in Champawat district who ended his life by taking poison on June 7. “Mr. Rawat had repeatedly urged the Chief Minister for assistance which never came,” Mr. Pratap said.

Mr. Pratap urged the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttarakhand Government to follow the norms of assis- tance for activists as established during the Narain Dutt Tiwari regime.