Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the family members of Odia jawan, Debashish Biswal, who was killed in a terror attack on Thursday.

Biswal was among the five army personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ex-gratia compensation will be paid from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF).

Extending his heartfelt condolences to the family of Biswal, Patnaik praised the bravery and courage of the soldier. Paying his deepest condolences, Patnaik prayed the God to give strength and patience to the bereaved family members to overcome the grief.

Lance Naik, Debashish Biswal from Alagum near Sakhigopal in Puri district is survived by his wife and a 7-month-old baby. What is more heartbreaking is that he was supposed to celebrate his first marriage anniversary on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.