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Spending huge amounts on musical shows, JK Govt had no money for slain Gole Guppa Wala!
Poor man from Bihar cremated in Kashmir, people outraged
10/10/2021 12:21:14 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Oct 9: While the Jammu and Kashmir government has been spending huge amounts on cultural activities like musical shows and doing artwork on main roads in Kashmir, the administration had no money to send back body of Virendra Paswan, the poor Gole Guppa wala from Bihar who was recently shot dead by militants in Kashmir.
On October 6, Paswan was among the three civilians killed on the fateful evening. He was shot dead while selling Gole Guppas in Lal Bazar locality of Srinagar.
He was cremated at Karan Nagar cremation grounds here on October 7 afternoon while his brother and locals participated in his last rites.
Paswan, a resident of Bihar, was father of five daughters and two sons. Earlier, his body was in the Police Control Room Srinagar.
The government has come under severe criticism for not sending his mortal remains to his native place. The bereaved, on the other hand, said they had no money to take back his body.
“We are poor people and thus couldn’t afford to take back his body to his native place and it would mean an expenditure of around rupees one lakh,” the bereaved said.
Social media is up in arms against the government for its alleged callousness towards the poor man.
“This is shame on J&K administration. Babus spend millions on musical shows but have no penny for poor man’s dignified cremation,” said a netizen.
Observers have been saying what prevented the JK Government from sending back his body.
“When the government can spend huge amounts to host Bollywood Badshah and others for singing and dancing, why no money was given to take poor Bihari’s body home,” said a political observer. The witnesses said the local youth made arrangements for the last rites of the deceased as per the Hindu rituals. They also ferried firewood for helping his brother to cremate the deceased.
When contacted an official told Early Times that government gave ex-gratia relief of Rs 1.25 lakh to the Next of Kin (NoK) of Virendar Paswan who belongs to Bhagalpur Bihar.
To question why the government didn’t send back his body to Bihar, he had no convincing replies.
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