BJP MLA demands compensation, martyr status for Chamel Singh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 11:  BJP MLA Sat Sharma today demanded compensation to the family and martyr status for Chamel Singh who died in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Lahore in Pakistan on January 15, 2013.
During zero hour in the Legislative Assembly, BJP State President and MLA Jammu West Sat Sharma raised the question regarding awarding of compensation to the family of Late Chamel Singh and martyr status to him as well.
Late Chamel Singh was resident of Pargwal Mulo of Block Akhnoor who died in Kot Lakhpath Jail of Lahore, Pakistan on January 15, 2013.  Sharma raised the issue regarding the compensation to the family of the deceased.
He said Chamel Singh was killed in Kot Lakhpath jail in Pakistan by the Jail authorities which was the same as the case of Sarabjeet Singh of Punjab where Punjab State Government paid Rs one crore and Central Government paid Rs 25 lakh to the family of late Sarabjeet Singh and also awarded jobs to his daughters but the then Omar Abdullah-led NC-Congress Government in Jammu and Kashmir failed to compensate the family of Chamel Singh despite of countless representations made by the family.
The MLA appealed to the representatives of the present Coalition Government in the State to keenly look into the matter of late Chamel Singh who died for his motherland and stated that a suitable compensation should be given to the family of Chamel Singh and a martyr status to him should be given as well so that the condition of his family could improve who are working in the fields of other people under miserable conditions.