New Delhi: Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakh and job to the widow of the Doordarshan cameraman killed in a Naxal attack in poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Also Read - Ajit Jogi, First Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Passes Away at 74
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister “strongly” condemned the attack on Doordarshan (DD) News crew in Dantewada. “Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two jawans of CRPF. These insurgents will not weaken our resolve. We will prevail,” he said. Also Read - 'Will Beat You with Belt’: Union Minister Renuka Singh's Threat to Chhattisgarh Officials Caught On Camera | Watch
Speaking to the media, Rathore said that Rs 15 lakh would be given to Sahus’ family as he worked for an organisation owned by Prasar Bharati. The Minister also promised a job to Sahu’s widow. A senior official at Prasar Bharati was quoted in the media as saying, “Despite hostile environment in some parts of the country, DD News has been bringing in reportage from ground zero from all over the country.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The Government has taken the incident very seriously. In the attack, one cameraman of Doordarshan and two policemen were killed. It was a very unfortunate and condemnable incident. I express my deep condolences to the families of the bereaved,” while his Cabinet colleague and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Government will respond to the attack in a befitting manner.
Meanwhile, the Congress has condemned the Naxal attack. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala paid tributes to the deceased and termed the BJP government in the state “incompetent and worthless”. “The people of Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh have made up their mind to oust the incompetent and worthless government of Chief Minister Raman Singh,” he tweeted. He said, “A coward and scared Raman Singh has no right to be the chief minister even for a minute now.”