Kendrapara, July 26 (LocalWire): A Kargil war widow from Kendrapara fought a legal battle against her in-laws for 21 years to receive the compensation money, even though her in-laws died a few years back.
Nibedita Mallick’s husband, Sachitananda Mallick, of Kandiahat village, a jawan in the 12th Mahar regiment of the Indian army was martyred on 28th June 1999 while fighting Pakistani forces in Drass sector in the Kargil war.
A compensation of almost Rs 22 lakhs was received by the wife of the martyr, Nibedita Mallick.
Sachitananda’s parents filed a case against their daughter-in-law in 1999 to get their share of the compensation money, and the court had then restrained Nibedita to withdraw the money.
“I was locked in a legal battle for 21 years with my father-in-law Upendra Mallick and mother-in-law Malati Mallick over financial aid extended by a grateful nation and other companies and individuals.
I was always ready to give their share of money.
Three years ago, my father-in-law and last year, my mother-in-law died for which the case must be ended in my favour.
But the case is still lingering, as a result of which I am not getting any money.
After getting the money, I will build a statue of my husband in my village Kandiahat, said Nibedita.
The government granted me a piece of land in Bhubaneswar to start a gas agency 20 years ago.
However, recently, the government decided to build a road over a major portion of my land.
My son Somyaranjan was only two-years-old when his father was martyred.
I also need money for his secure future,” added Nibedita.
When contacted, Ganya Ranjan Mohanty, the lawyer of Nibedita said, “The in-laws of Nibedita filed a case in the court to get their share of money.
But during the pendency of the case, they died, as a result, Nibedida is legally entitled to all the money.
We have already filed a petition in the court to pass an order in favour of Nibedita after the death of her in-laws.
COVID-19 has halted normal works in the court.
The court will pass final order in this case after the resumption of regular courtroom hearings works.”
Each year on the occasion of Kargil victory day on 26th July, the government and the people remember the supreme sacrifice of many soldiers including 11 Jawans from Orissa.
But many parents of martyrs fight legal battles against their daughters-in-law to get a share from the compensation amount even after 21 years of the Kargil war, said Mahesh Kar, the president of district ex-servicemen’s association.