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Aug 07, 2013 at 05:13pm IST

LoC killings: Martyr Vijay Kumar's family refuses compensation

Patna: Martyred sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai's family has refused to accept Bihar government's compensation of Rs 10 lakh and instead demanded strong action against Pakistan for killing him and four other soldiers in an ambush at the Line of Control in Chakan-Da-Bagh sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.

The family members refused to accept the cheque when Bihar state officials went to Rai's house on Wednesday afternoon. His wife asked the government officials to leave the house. Rai was a resident of Danapur, near Bihar's capital Patna, which is the headquarters of Bihar Regimental Centre.

Rai, a soldier of 21 Bihar Regiment, was on a border domination patrol along with five others when his team was ambushed by Pakistani troops and terrorists. While five soldiers were killed in the ensuing gunfight, one soldier was injured and is undergoing treatment.

The other slain soldiers from Bihar are Naik Prem Nath, Lance Naik Shambhu Sharan and Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad while the fifth soldier Naik Kundalik Mane belonged to 14 Maratha Light Infantry.

The bodies will then be taken to the native villages of the soldiers. Nitish Kumar has already announced a state funeral for the four slain soldiers from Bihar.

CNN-IBN's Strategic Affairs Editor Surya Gangadharan on LoC killings in Poonch:
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