The Madhya Pradesh High Court has requested a response from the state government within the next week regarding unfulfilled promises made to the family of a martyr from the Pulwama terror attack in a case taken suo motu by the court.

On February 14, 2019, a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, resulted in the loss of forty Central Reserve Police Force troopers, including one from Madhya Pradesh.

The High Court initiated action after noting a news report detailing the state government's failure to fulfill its commitments.

A Division bench of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra directed, " Therefore, we direct Shri Harpreet Ruprah – Additional Advocate General to take notice on behalf of the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh who shall file his reply by next date.”

The Court remarked on the significance of February 14 as a "black day," acknowledging the heinous nature of the attack. The Court added, “One such martyr among those 40, who sacrificed their lives, was from Madhya Pradesh. As reported, various promises were made to the members of his family at that point of time. It does not appear that they all have been fulfilled. For the family of a martyr to await relief which was promised by the State 5 years ago, is very disturbing. We do not expect our martyrs to be treated in this manner.”

Cause Title: In Reference (Suo Motu) v. The State of Madhya Pradesh

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