Pulwama martyr's family fights over relief money, pressurises wife to marry his brother

According to sources, top district officials had warned the family that the relief money would be blocked if the family got into a dispute over who would administer the funds.

Published: 28th February 2019 06:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2019 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

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Soldiers at the suicide bomb attack site in Kashmir's Pulwama district. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

MYSURU: Kalavathi, the wife of Pulwama martyr H Guru, has been having a tough time dealing with her husband’s death as differences between her and his family have come out in the open. With relief funds and the promise of a permanent job coming Kalavathi’s way post Guru’s death, his family is reportedly upset and afraid that they will not have any money for themselves.

Sources said the family was now even insisting that Kalavathi marry her brother-in-law, a move that she opposes vehemently. However, the family is afraid of losing access to these funds as many of the cheques were in Kalavathi’s name.

These developments have led to a few prominent leaders stepping up to intervene and advise the families to stay united.

According to sources, the differences first came to the fore when Chikkathayamma, Guru’s mother, collected large amounts of relief money and cheques given by donors without letting Kalavathi access these funds.

She also had expressed financial difficulties in organizing ceremonies for her son’s death. This had led to local MLA and Transport Minister DC Thammanna taking on the responsibility for the same.

The family had received funds from the general public, state government, ministers, the BBMP and many other agencies apart from the job offer to Kalavathi. According to sources, top district officials had warned the family that the relief money would be blocked if the family got into a dispute about who would administer the funds. Leaders of the Madiwala community have also reached out to the family
to counsel them.

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