Aligarh: District magistrate of Aligarh Rajeev Rautela has reportedly made certain remarks regarding the compensation that are handed out to martyrs families, which has snowballed into a major controversy.
The DM, while addressing a group of journalist said that India was a `land of mourners`. He added "5,000 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan, but their families are never asked asking for compensation." As per Rautela it was so because they wanted to do something for the country.
He did not stop here but went on to add that it was every soldier`s duty to give their lives when at war and that the jawan was paid by the government. The DM also said that if the soldier dies at the border while serving the country, then the family does not allow last rites to take place till they get compensation or petrol pumps. Rautela questioned as to how the country would progress like this.