Indian Army issues statement after Rahul Gandhi claim, says Agniveer’s family has been compensated – INDIA – GENERAL

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has issued a statement saying Rahul Gandhi has alleged that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied to Parliament about the compensation paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who died in the line of duty.

“It has emerged from certain social media posts that no compensation has been paid to the bereaved family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who lost his life in the line of duty… Out of the total amount due, the family of Agniveer Ajay has already received Rs 98.39 lakhs,” the Army’s social media post said.

“Ex-gratia and other benefits worth approximately Rs 67 lakhs, as applicable under the provisions of Agniveer Scheme, will be paid in the final settlement soon after due police verification. The total amount will be approximately Rs 1.65 Cr,” it added.

The Army’s statement came in the wake of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘X’ video, which alleged that Agniveer Ajay Kumar’s family had not been given compensation.

“Protection of truth is the basis of every religion. But Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied in Parliament about the help provided to the family of martyred Agniveer. Agniveer Ajay Singh’s father himself has told the truth about their lies. The Defence Minister should apologise to Parliament, the country, the army and the family of Agniveer Ajay Singh ji,” Rahul Gandhi said.