Gangteera, the village of Sukma Martyr Narayan Prasad Sonkar in district Rewa of Madhya Pradesh, witnessed high drama on Wednesday as family members and villagers refused to perform the last rights till state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived to pay respects on behalf of the people of the state.
Chouhan, however, was busy inaugurating a gurukul in the state capital Bhopal while the martyr's last rights were delayed by over three hours. Sukma martyr's family protested against the chief Minister's absence during cremation.
The family members also demanded that a road connecting their house to the main village be built under the Pradhanmantri Grameen Sadak Yojna and be named after Narayan Prasad Sonkar who died while fighting Naxals in Sukma.
Also the villagers demanded Rs 50 lakh compensation for the family along with a government job for one of the two sons of Sonkar.
The district administration along with the local MP assured the villagers that all their demands would be immediately looked into but the protestors refused to budge and insisted that the chief minister visits the village.
The district administration eventually was forced to send a message to the chief minister's office in Bhopal. The CM's office sent industries minister Rajendra Shukla as its emissary and after much persuasion and a delay of over three hours the last rights could be performed.
Rajendra Shukla, while talking to India Today, said that he had spoken to the family members and convinced them that all their demands would be taken to the chief minister who has already promised to look into them.
Sonkar's body was brought to Rewa on Tuesday in a helicopter from where it was taken to his ancestral village Gangteera for the last rites.
Madhya Pradesh minister Rajendra Shukla, Rewa MP Janardhan Mishra, district collector Rahul Jain and SP Sanjay Kumar were among those who paid tributes to the jawan.