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Kerala CM visits slain CRPF jawan's family


Kalpetta: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited the family of CRPF jawan V V Vasanth Kumar, who was killed in the recent Pulwama terror attack, in Wayanad district on Wednesday.

He spoke to Kumar's wife, Sheena, two children -- son Amandeep (5) and daughter Anamika (8) -- and mother and assured them all support from the government.

Vijayan told the family that if Sheena was not interested in continuing working as an assistant at the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, she would be appointed as a sub-inspector in the police department.

The state government had announced on Tuesday that steps would be taken to make Sheena, who is at present a temporary employee, a permanent staff member at the university.

It announced a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh for the grieving family -- Rs 15 lakh to the wife and Rs 10 lakh to the mother.

The state cabinet also took a decision to meet the educational expenses of Kumar's two children and to construct a new house for the family.

Forty CRPF personnel were killed on February 14, when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber, in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

Vijayan was accompanied by his wife Kamala and cabinet colleagues E P Jayarajan and Kadannappally Ramachandran on the visit.

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