New Delhi: On 3 April, when T. Alex Lalminlun’s body reached the Imphal airport in the Manipur capital not a single government functionary was present to receive it or to pay condolences. The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel of the 168 division had been killed in action on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir just two days earlier.
Now, the family of Lalminlun, a tribal who hailed from Manipur, has come out to charge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state of apathy towards the slain soldier.
“They know how to use soldiers to further their political agenda. If they think this will get them votes, they react, else they do not care,” Laminlun’s elder brother Joseph told ThePrint.
“Not even a single government functionary cared to be at the airport when my brother’s body was brought in,” said Joseph.
“No MLA, no MP or the chief minister came for the last rites and no one even cared to send a representative of the government,” he added.
Lalminlun was killed on 1 April while retaliating to ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in J&K’s Poonch sector after being hit by the splinter of a shell.
Since his death, the only reaction from Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh came in the form of a tweet.