Family of Slaughtered Bihar Chaat Vendor in J&K Has Seven Mouths to Feed

Politicians rushed to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, trying to outdo themselves by announcing compensation for those killed in Sunday’s violence. Notably, the state will go to the polls next year.

Neighboring Bihar, on the other hand, recovered from elections last year. Nonetheless, a devastated family in Bhagalpur awaits a visit or a word of condolence from domestic political journalists.

But, with the exception of a visit from an RJD deputy, Virendra Paswan’s family has been left out.

Paswan was among three people shot dead in assassinations targeted by terrorists in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening. A street vendor who made a living selling to chatter in the valley, Paswan was from the village of Vade Saidpur near Jagadishpur in Bhagalpur.

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He had worked in Srinagar for two years and leaves behind a family of seven in Bhagalpur. And a debt of Rs 2 lakh taken for the treatment of his wife Putul Devi. It was Paswan’s income that kept the family afloat and helped pay off the debt.

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Speaking to News18, Paswan’s son Vikram said the family expected him to be home for Durga Puja. “He had already booked his train ticket to go home. Tuesday evening around 9:30 pm, my uncle called me from Kashmir and told me that my father had been killed by terrorists, ”said Vikram, one of Paswan’s six children.

The government of Bihar has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for Paswan’s family and assistance provided under the relevant social assistance schemes. The Srinagar District Administration also provided ex gratia relief of Rs 1.25 lakh to the family. He provided additional financial assistance.

Despite the compensation, the family faces a bleak future with debts, medical bills, and daily survival competing for the family’s meager resources.

Readers who wish to help the Paswan family can use the following information to make direct deposits with Paswan’s wife, Putul Devi.

Name: Putul Devi

Bank: Bank of India, Jagdishpur

IFSC: BKID0005813

Account number: 581318210002193

Vikram Paswan contact number: 6205874935

Paswan was cremated in Kashmir instead of being taken home. Speaking to News18, his wife said the family wanted him to rest in Bhagalpur. “No one asked us, no one helped us. He was my husband. I could have seen him one last time if he had been brought back here.

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