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First Agniveer to lay down life in line of duty, rurals gather at his residence for last rites, govt clarifies amid opposition attack

People gather at the residence of Agniveer (Operator) Gawate Akshay Laxman in Pimpalgaon Sarai village of Buldhana district. He is the first Agniveer to have laid down his life in operations. He was deployed in the world’s highest battlefield Siachen Glacier. His mortal remains are being brought to his residence today.

Amid political attacks on how the family will be compensated for the loss of their young boy, BJP leader Amit Malviya said “Laxman’s Next of Kin will receive INR 48 lakh non contributory insurance, ex-gratia of INR 44 lakh, Seva Nidhi contributed by the Agniveer (30%), with an equal matching contribution by the Govt, and interest thereon”.

“The Next of Kin will also receive pay for the balance tenure from the date of death, till completion of four years (more than INR 13 lakh); as per balance residual tenure and contribution of INR 8 lakh from Armed Forces Battle Casualty Fund”, he added.