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Poverty stalks Godse grabber's family

Late Sergeant Thakur won gallantry award for nabbing the killer of Mahatma Gandhi.

Family of Late Sergeant Dev Raj Singh Thakur

The family of Late Sergeant Dev Raj Singh Thakur, who shot into limelight for nabbing Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse, is languishing in penury in Himachal Pradesh.

The gallantry award winner's family, who live in Nahan district of the state, has been demanding a government job for a kin of Thakur for over a decade as there is no breadwinner in the family.

"The state government has not recognised his bravery act. Even the promise to provide job to a family member as a special case has been turned down by the government," Sumitra Thakur, daughter-in-law of the late sergeant said.

Thakur, who was on duty at Birla House in Delhi on January 30 1948, chased and caught Godse after the latter had shot the Father of the Nation.

Sumitra said she met state chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in 2010 and pleaded the case of one of her two sons for a state government job.

Dhumal assured her that her eldest son would be considered for employment as a special case.

"Five months back, I got a communication from the state secretariat saying there was no scope for the appointment of my son," said 54-year-old Sumitra, a widow.

Of Thakur's three sons, the eldest one passed away in 2005 while the other two don't live in Himachal.

Sumitra said Thakur, who was awarded the Ashok Chakra (Class II), had died in May 1987.

"Even in 2008, the government had promised to provide a job to a family member and sought the entire record of Thakur. But it didn't take any call," she added.

Thakur, who lost his mental balance during his service in the Indian Air Force, was sent on retirement. He was subsequently admitted to a mental hospital in Amritsar in Punjab where he remained for 14 years.

Till his death, Thakur was getting a monthly pension from the central government.

Source: Hindustan Times

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