Slain CRPF, BSF Jawans’ Families Refuse To Participate in BJP Rally After Being Invited on the Pretext of Felicitation
The families were reportedly shocked to find out that there was no felicitation ceremony.
The families of slain Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Bablu Santra and Border Security Force (BSF) officer Vinay Prasad were reportedly invited by West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit on the pretext of felicitating them on International Women’s Day in Kolkata. However, when the families reached the BJP office on Saturday, they were forced to participate in a party rally which they refused.
According to a report published in a local daily, the families alleged that the BJP members had informed them that Union Minister Smriti Irani will felicitate them on Women’s Day. The families were shocked when they realised that they would not be felicitated by anybody instead they were asked to participate in a BJP Mahila Morcha rally from the party office to Shyam Bazar.
Santra had died in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 and Vinay Prasad had succumbed to his injuries during cross-border firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua in January.
Santra’s mother and sister reached the party office while Prasad’s mother Shakuntala Devi, wife Vidya Devi and one-year-old daughter had also arrived in the afternoon from their Howrah residence.
Santra’s wife Mili Santra had earlier urged the Indian government to hold talks with their Pakistani counterpart and avoid war. “I want the security of the forces to be ensured. All the forces, be it the Army or the paramilitary-like CRPF or ITBP, are of the government of India and it is the duty of the government to take necessary measures to ensure their security,” she had said, adding that she was not worried if her anti-war stand is criticised on social media.