Indian Journalists’ Union, an association of Indian Journalists Wednesday demanded compensation to family of Shafat Sidiq who died in the Kashmir Floods last month while on an official assignment.
The Journalists’ Union has written and dispatched three letter addressed to CM of J&K Omar Abdullah, Editor& Chief Executive Officer Jagran Prakashan Limited, and International Federation of Journalists demanding requisite support from the three, respectively.
“IJU, would earnestly request you to provide assistance to his family by way of compensation through your relief fund. Additionally, the IJU hopes that the state administration could could consider giving employment to his widow on compassionate grounds,” reads the letter addressed to CM Omar Abdullah.
The Journalist body has asked CEO Daily Jagran to provide urgent assistance to the bereaved family. “The late Sidiq, you would surely appreciate, has died a brave death by heeding the call of duty in most challenging circumstances to serve Jagran readers. His family deserves the sympathy and support of us all,” the letter addressed to CEO reads.
“As you are aware, he left on September 7 morning to shoot the devastation caused by the floods but could never return home from the assignment. His body was found five days later,” the letter adds.
The journalist body while drawing attention of Ernest Sagaga, Head, Human Rights and Safety IFJ, Brussels to the grave tragedy suffered by the family of Shafat Sidiq’s following his demise in tragic circumstances while on the call of duty has appealed him of assistance from the IFJ which will go a long way in helping Sidiq’s family to pick up the threads initially, in their hour of grief.
“We do hope that this case merits immediate attention and urgent assistance. Please do feel free to ask if you need any further additional information,” reads the letter addressed to him.