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Demand in Lok Sabha for steps to bring back PoW Capt Rathod

Posted on Dec 08, 12:13PM | UNI

BJP member in the Lok Sabha Dr Mahendar S Chauhan today demanded that the Government take effective steps to get information about Captain Kalyan Singh Rathod who went missing during action in Jammu and Kashmir in 1971.

Drawing the Government't attention to a media report which said that some of the Indian soldiers captured by the Pakistan Army during the war had been shifted to Oman jail, he said it was quite possible that Captain Rathod too might have been put there.

Capt Rathod, who was taking on the enemy at Balsar, had to send back his soldiers to bring arms and ammunition while he himself held the fort alone. When the soldiers returned in the morning they did not find him, nor his body, said Dr Chauhan, adding that he might have fallen in the hands of the enemy.

"It would be a great insult to the man and his family if without proper knowledege of facts he was declared a deserter," the BJP member said.

He urged the Ministry of Defence and other ministries concerned not to delay the search for Captain Rathod's whereabouts.

Prof Ram Shankar of the BJP raised the issue of disfigurement of Agra by the contractors who had been given the task of laying sewer lines under the Jawaharalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

He said these contractors had dug the roads all over the city for sewr lines but had not restored them to their original condition, making life miserable for the people. Moreover, the city receives about 50,00 to 60,000 tourists in a day, which results in additional congestions due to the condition of the roads.

The resulting dust also leads to respiratory infections.

Prof Shankar demanded that there should be a physical monitoring of the work under JNNURNM. He said he had written letters to the Chief Minister and other authorities but to to no effect.