Rs 30 lakh ex gratia for kin of JK officer killed in Anantnag attack

J&K Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Friday announced special ex-gratia of Rs 30 lakhs in favour of the next-of-kin (NoK) of Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed, junior agriculture extension officer, who was killed by the militants while performing his duties during Back to Village programme at Hakura village in Anantnag district.

“These inhuman and dastardly acts (of killing) are not going to deter the government in its resolve to reach out to the people and usher a new era of participatory development,” said the LG, in a statement.

“We condemn the barbaric act. We pay our rich tributes to the departed souls, who laid down their lives in the call of duty during a special welfare programme of the government under the Mission of delivering governance and development at doorsteps. The noble souls will be in our prayers and thoughts. We express our deepest sympathies with the bereaved families and pray for their courage and fortitude to bear the loss,” the LG said.

The statement said at the conclusion of the B2V event at Hakura, militants lobbed a grenade and fired indiscriminately in which, Ahmad and Sarpanch of village Hakura sustained injuries and later succumbed to the injuries at District Hospital Anantnag. Two other government employees also sustained injuries in the attack.

Meanwhile, the LG has directed the Rural Development Department to speedily process the compensation case of the NoKs of the late Sarpanch, Syed Mohammad Rafi.

The LG has further directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to ensure that the two injured employees receive the proper medical treatment.