Road named after Kabul blast victim in Himachal

July 11th, 2008 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, July 11 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Friday met the father of Brig Ravi Datt Mehta, who died in a suicide bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul Monday, to offer condolences to the family and announced naming of a road here after the army officer. Dhumal met S.D. Mehta in Kellston area and also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs.300,000 for the family. The road from Longwood Chowk to Kellston (Housing Board Colony) would be re-named as Brig R.D. Mehta Road, an official release said.

The army officer’s father is a retired Himachal administrative service official.

Dhumal also announced ex-gratia payment of Rs.100,000 to the family of Roop Singh of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who was among the two victims from the hill state.

Roop Singh belonged to Mandi district.

Brigadier Mehta was among the four Indians killed in a suicide bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul Monday.

The devastating attack on the Indian embassy also killed ITBP trooper Ajay Pathania and Indian Foreign Service official V. Venkateswara Rao. Forty others also died in the attack.

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