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Udaipur: Citizens pay tribute to martyrs of Pulwama terror attack in Jaipur on Saturday.44 soldiers Narayan Gurjar martyred in the terror attack in Pulwama, reached his native village, Binol, in Rajsamand district on Saturday.

Draped in the Indian flag, the soldier’s mortal remains were received by thousands of people at JK Landing Strip who chanted slogans ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.Rajsamand Member of Parliament Hari Om Singh Rathore, Rajsamand MLA Kiran Maheshwari, minister UdaiLal Anjana, leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria and other senior politicians remained present on the occasion and paid tributes to the soldier.

The people took out a mass procession that passed through the village where people garlanded the soldier’s body. The body was taken for cremation. Gurjar’s 12-year-old son Mukesh lit the funeral pyre.

Mukesh said he too wanted to join the defense forces and serve the nation. Gurjar is survived by his wife, son and 17-year-old daughter.His relatives said he had returned to his unit on February 11.

Candle march and tributes were offered by the various section of society in Udaipur at Mohta park Journalists of Udaipur gathered  lit the candles and  kept two minutes silence  for the martyrs

 As a mark of respect to the fallen soldiers, business establishments in major markets of Udaipur also downed shutters on Saturday.Leaders from the Congress, BJP and civil society organizations on Friday offered condolences to the CRPF soldiers, including five from Rajasthan, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir.

 A candle march was organized by the Congress at the Amar JawanJyoti on Friday evening. The candle march saw participation by various organizations and common people and leaders cutting across party lines.

 Chief minister Ashok Gehlot in a series of tweets said, “I condemn in the strongest words the cowardly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which many of our brave jawans have been martyred. Such brutality has to be defeated. Entire nation stands in solidarity with families of martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

He also paid tributes to the Bravehearts from Rajasthan -BhagirathKasana, HemrajMeena, RohitashLamba, Narayan LalGurjar and Jitaram Gurjar -- who lost their lives in the terror attack. “We all stand with their families in this moment of grief and pray that God give them strength to bear this loss.”

Deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot in his tweet expressed grief at the terror attack on the CRPF convoy. “I condemn the attack and pay my obeisance to the brave soldiers who were martyred,” he said. Pilot too offered tributes to the soldiers from Rajasthan who were martyred in the attack and offered condolences to their families.

Former chief minister VasundharaRaje in her tweets said, “Like all patriots, my eyes are also moist due to the cowardly terrorist attack in Pulwama. It’s difficult to put in words the grief of the families of those killed in the barbaric attack. This repulsive attack on the CRPF convoy will not be tolerated.”

She paid condolences to all the soldiers including those from Rajasthan who were killed in the attack. Raje said, “We are left teary-eyed at your martyrdom but each Indian’s head is held high due to your courage and sacrifice.”The Congress and BJP also held prayer meets in their party headquarters to offer tributes to the fallen soldiers. A tribute meeting was held the Secretariat too. Soldier welfare minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas and food minister Ramesh Chand Meena along with officers and employees of secretariat paid tribute to the martyrs by observing two-minute silence before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

GOVT  ANNOUNCES ~  25 LAKH FOR FAMILIES - The Rajasthan government on Friday announced ~25 lakh for each of the five families of CRPF soldiers who were killed in the terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu, and Kashmir. Soldier welfare minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas made the announcement during a candle march held at the Amar JawanJyoti in Jaipur where tributes were paid to the martyrs by politicians, civil society organizations and common people.

 Khachariyawas said the government would give ~25 lakh to each of the bereaved families and make a fixed deposit of ~3 lakh in the name of the parents of the martyrs. In addition, the widow or adult son will be given a government job, said the minister. Education for their children will be free. 

The children who are in school will get a scholarship of ~800 per year while those pursuing higher education or a technical degree will get a scholarship of ~3600 per year.


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