Kejriwal Takes Up NSG Commandos' Cause, To Expose Govt's Disregard For 26/11 Heroes
Activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday will bring to attention the Centre's indifference towards the of National Security Guard (NSG) commandos, who fought for the nation in the 2008 Mumbai carnage.
At a press conference at 1 pm, Kejriwal will bring with him a surviving NSG member to highlight the pitiable conditions the commandos are enduring at present. The anti-corruption crusader alleged that those who were laid off work were not provided medical and pension benefits, IBN Live reported.
His latest crackdown on political corruption will reveal that the government had forgotten the 26/11 heroes, whose efforts brought Ajmal Kasab, the lone militant of the terrorist squad that killed 166 people on Nov 2008, behind bars.
The scheduled conference will take place a day after Kasab was hanged in a secretive operation at Pune's Yerawada jail. The execution came two weeks after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea.
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"Ajmal Kasab hanged yesterday. But wat abt those NSG commandos who fought that nite and saved India? They r leading a pitiable life. Some of them thrown out of job wid no pensions, they r footing their own medical bills, no honors for them. One of them dares to speak up. Meet him at 1 pm in a press conf. He wud narrate the story of others too (sic)," Kejriwal said on Twitter.
With regards to Kasab's quick execution, the Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption (IAC) group on Wednesday questioned the government of its secrecy in hanging the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative.
"The State of India has to be unequivocal in its response to terrorism so that the world gets a clear warning that we will not be trifled with. IAC feels that the State should not have shrouded the hanging in secrecy. A transparent approach would have given a strong message to the world, a clear warning to terrorist groups, and most important, confidence to the citizens that the state is capable of dispensing justice," IAC said, according to PTI.
"This much awaited execution could have been handled such that it would unite Indians in the fight against terrorism. On the contrary, the manner in which it has been handled has given rise to numerable conspiracy theories which could have been avoided."
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