Delhi Riots: Kejriwal govt announces Rs 1 crore relief for IB officer Ankit Sharma's family (Photo Credit: File Photo)
New Delhi :
The Aam Aadmi party government on Monday announced Rs 1 crore compensation for the family of Ankit Sharma, the Intelligence Bureau officer killed in the Delhi riots. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to make the announcement. “Ankit Sharma was a brave officer at the IB. He was murdered brutally during the riots. The nation is proud of him. the Delhi government has decided to award Rs 1 crore relief for Sharma's family. A member of his family will also get a job. We pray for his soul,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.
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Sharma had gone missing as the riots broke out in North-East Delhi on February 25. A day later, his bruised body was fished from a drain in Chand Bagh area on February 26. "Multiple abrasion.. deep cut.. by sharp edge objects," stated Sharma’s autopsy report. The panel of doctors, who carried out post-mortem, said he was brutally and repeatedly stabbed, leading to Sharma’s death. He was stabbed as many as 400 times. Sharma’s family had alleged AAP councillor Tahir Hussain of killing the IB officer. Sharma, one of the 47 killed in the communal violence over the citizenship amendment law, is survived by his parents, brother and sister. He joined the service in 2017.
Earlier on February 26, Kejriwal had announced that the AAP government will give Rs 1 crore to the family of police head constable Ratan Lal, who was killed during a communal violence in northeast Delhi on Monday over amended citizenship law, and a government job to a kin. “I want to assure the family of Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal ji that we will take care of them. We will give a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to a member of his family,” Kejriwal in the state assembly.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also written to the deceased cop’s wife, conveying his condolences and said the entire country was with the family of the brave policeman in this hour of grief. In his letter to Lal's wife Poonam Devi, Shah said he had made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
“Your brave husband was a dedicated policeman who faced tough challenges. As a true soldier he made the supreme sacrifice to serve this country. I pray that God gives you strength to bear this sad and untimely loss,” the home minister wrote.
Shah said the entire country was with the family in this hour of grief. The head constable was among 23 people killed in spiralling violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi. The post-mortem report confirmed that the 42-year-old died of bullet injury and not due to stone-pelting. News Nation has details of the post-mortem report. “A bullet was stuck in Ratan Lal’s body. It entered from left shoulder and went to right shoulder. It was removed during autopsy,” the report said. ‘Ratan Lal was shot dead,’ the autopsy report revealed. Lal belonged to Fathepur Tihwali village in Rajasthan's Sikar district. Lal is survived by wife and three children. The Sikar resident had joined the Delhi Police on post of constable in 1998. He married a Jaipur resident in 2004.
(With agency inputs)