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Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | PNS | Haldwani- The body of transporter Prakash Pandey who had committed suicide during a Janata Darbar programme in Dehradun, was brought to his home in Kathgodam at about 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday. The arrival of the body stirred up emotions in the area but the district authorities had already deployed additional police and two platoons of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) to prevent the situation from escalating. Meanwhile, the grieving family members also expressed dissatisfaction at the functioning of the State Government, blaming it for pushing him to take such an extreme step. In the morning when preparations were made for cremating the body, some family members and relatives started insisting that the cremation would be held only after the State Government announces monetary compensation to the bereaved family and a Government job for Pandey’s widow. Leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and Haldwani MLA Indira Hridayesh, Haldwani mayor Jogendra Singh Rautela, former minister Harish Chandra Durgapal, Nainital district magistrate Deependra Kumar Chaudhari and senior superintendent of police Janmejay  Khanduri who had reached the Pandey residence attempted to pacify the family members initially without much success. The public representatives then talked to Chief Minister and after the sought assurance was received from the State Government, the cremation and last rites were finally conducted later in the day. A large number of people were present when Pandey’s body was cremated at Chitrashila Ghat in Ranibagh. FAMILY TO GET Rs 12 L COMPENSATION: OPP LEADER


Even as the family members of Prakash Pandey were blaming the state government for his death, the leader of opposition and Haldwani MLA Indira Hridayesh played an active role in getting the assurance sought by the bereaved family from the government. Pandey’s mother Devki Pandey, widow Kamla Pandey, son Mohit and daughter Bhoomi were inconsolable. Initially, the kinfolk said that they would not cremate the body until they received assurance from the government regarding compensation and a government job for one family member. Hridayesh said that she had been in touch with the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat since Pandey’s demise, demanding compensation and a government job for the bereaved family. She informed the media persons here that following her talk with the chief minister and officials of the administration, the chief minister assured that the Pandey family will receive Rs 12 lakh financial assistance of which Rs 2,00,000 would be provided immediately and the remaining Rs 10 lakh would be provided within one month. Along with this, Pandey’s widow would also be appointed to a class III government post in Haldwani. The chief minister should fulfill these announcements soon, added Hridayesh.

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