Navy officer's family accepts posthumous Shaurya Chakra
The family of Navy officer Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar has agreed to accept his posthumous Shaurya Chakra after initially refusing to accept the military decoration.
Earlier reports said the family was refusing to accept the honour, as it blamed the government for negligence leading to his death.
However, Lieutenant Kumar's mother, Rukmini Devi, said she wanted to meet the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"We will come to collect (the award). We have been waiting for this day, when they'll invite us, so that I can speak my heart out. I think the time has come; I'll go whenever they call me. Wherever it is, whatever I have to say, I'll say it to the government. I wanted a chance to say everything," said Devi.
Lieutenant Kumar was an officer on the submarine INS Sindhuratna, which was on a training exercise off the Mumbai coast when smoke triggered the automatic closure of hatches. Seven crew members of the vessel were airlifted to a naval hospital after inhaling smoke, but Lieutenant Kumar and another officer could not be found in time.
Following the mishap, Admiral D K Joshi resigned as Navy chief, taking personal responsibility for a succession of operational accidents.
(Posted on 18-08-2014)